Photoshop: Define a Layer as an Align Source

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This would apply to Align Vertical Centers, Align Horizontal Centers, Align Top Edges, Align Bottom Edges, Align Left Edges and Align Bottom Edges Layers operations.

By default Photoshop considers the combined geometrical center of all Selected Layers when center Alignments are applied.
By default Photoshop considers the top edge of the top most Layer to Align Top Edges, bottom edge of the most bottom Layer to Align Bottom Edges, left edge of the Layer farthest to the left to Align Left Edges and right edge of the Layer farthest to the right to Align Right Edges.

What if we could define any Layer as an Align Source? This Layer would not change it's position - it would remain constant and all other selected Layers would Align to it instead.

Could this be accomplished by simply applying a Lock Position option to the Layer selected to be the Align Source?

By default, when Lock Position is applied to any of the Selected Layers, the Align functions are disabled.

If this has been answered already, point me to it please.
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roman weiser

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Load the layer you want as the reference layer you want the other layers aligned to as a selection (cmd/ctrl click the thumbnail). This enables Align to Selection commands which should do what you want.