Photoshop CC 2015: Dragging layer to a layer group puts it at the top instead of bottom

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Photoshop CC 2015 > Layers panel

Previously when you dragged a layer in Layers panel and released it over a layer group, it was added to the end of the layers within a group. Now it is added to the top of the layers in the group.
Is this an intended behavior in new Photoshop? It kind of breaks what we've been used to.
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Artem Marchuk

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Joel Baer, Official Rep

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Hi all,

Sorry for a delayed response to this thread- I have been having this conversation with a few other folks in other channels, but want to respond directly here as well.

It might be helpful to share a little background into why this change was made before getting into what we are going to do about it to address your concerns. In the development of artboards, it became clear that our existing layer dropping behavior would be problematic. It prompted a wider look into the behavior, and in our discussions with users this change was perceived as a positive one. The prevailing sentiment from our testers was that although they were used to the old behavior, the new behavior would be a welcome change that they could adapt their workflows to (adding layers to the top of the z-order is also how many other apps behave).

It is clear though that (as illustrated in this thread) there are legitimate cases where the old workflow is preferred and needs to be available. We will be adding a keyboard modifier (hold shift) to revert to the old behavior and drop a layer to the bottom of the Z-order.

Thanks for your patience with this change- we're hoping to make the experience better for you soon!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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In the Photoshop CC 2015.1 update released today, a new keyboard modifier (Shift) will control if layers get added to the bottom of groups: