Photoshop: Display the Layer Mode on the Layer name

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It would be very helpful if Photoshop would tag each layer with its layer mode so that you could tell what each layer's mode was without having to click through each individual layer.

I use Photoshop for digital illustration. When I do my work, I create hundreds of layers, all of different types depending on what I need at the moment. The problem comes when I find a mistake or something that I must adjust on a previous layer. When I do I have to go back and dig through each individual layer to see which one is the problem. So instead of "Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3," they might be labelled, "multiply-Layer 1, Color Dodge-Layer 2," "Normal-Layer 3."

This feature would save anyone who ever has to dig back through layers a great deal of time.
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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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If you are looking for Layers of specific Blend Modes setting the Layers Panel’s Filter type to »Mode« might be useful (CS6).
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Justin Gerard

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This is helpful to know, but doesn't really address the issue.
I still can't tell by looking through my layers, what each layer mode is without actually clicking it.

It seems like it would be easy to add the layer's mode as a prefix to the layer title.

At the moment I have a lousy workaround for this using Actions, so that it creates a new layer, changes its mode to multiply, and then names it "multiply" and the same with the other modes I use frequently.
But something more streamlined would save me a lot of time and I think would make the UI for layers more clear and helpful.
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Paul Riggott

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You could use a script, but if you changed a layers blendmode you would need to run the script again to correct the layer names.
Here is an example script...
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I'm following you on a smaller point : without renaming the layers, i'd like a different icon if the blend mode isn't "normal 100%"

See here :

You would never guess this was Pin light or that there was any blend added and might end up digging far in the file to reproduce or alter the correction.