Photoshop: Duplicate layers with sequential numbers

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this is very strange to me that I didn't find this type of feature request already. 

when I duplicate elements in the layers panel, I would want for each to have a sequential number. duplicate layer_1, you would get layer_2. duplicate that, you will get layer_3. for I just use Ctrl+Alt+J and change the number each time. this is very basic for a layer based application. Ae has had it for as long as I can remember. 

here's an example what happens when I duplicate a layer called "text 1" with or without the copy feature: (**tried to attach but the attach icon is failing on me and stuck on "updating" after I copy pasted the image to the upload image box, posted my message then edit my message and  tried this time with "select from my computer and second attempt is a success)


I would like the ability for sequential numbers when duplicating without changing the layer name, just the number. when I duplicate a layer, it is to add a number to it (same as it does with "copy" but without "copy"). so if I call a layer "layer_1", it would call the duplicate "layer_2" and so on. this will be very helpful for anyone who does lower thirds or any kind of repeated graphic where you just need  to change the name or adjust a few things but the main design is the same
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Roei Tzoref

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Max Johnson, Champion

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I agree and used to have the alternate option to not append "copy #" when duplicating layers, but ran into the issue where 3rd party actions were relying on the naming convention of "layer copy 1" and would break if they didn't find that... so, sadly, I had to go back to the original "copy #" naming or constantly switch when I  needed actions to work.

Alternately, (assuming Adobe doesn't include this feature soon/ever) it would be pretty easy to write a jsx script that scrubbed the "copy" out of all layer names and then hotkey that script.
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Roei Tzoref

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thank you Max. this seem so basic to me. how can we advance this proposal ? is this discussion all we can do basically? 
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The more "Me Too" likes you get at the top of the thread, the more likely it is to be addressed by Adobe. They are actively watching these forums, but have to pick and choose which features get added.
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Roei Tzoref

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I see. thank you Max
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This might be helpful, not sure if it still works but give it a look see: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/12/new_panel_scripts_let_you_batch_eliminate.html
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Roei Tzoref

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thank you Chad. I tried to expand the contents into the Panels folder. I can't see how it works exactly. checked that maybe I have a new option in the layers panel options but no. I did restart the software of course. I am not sure how this works with a shortcut, this should work seamlessly that when you duplicate a layer, it creates another instance based on the numerical order of the layer before.

this is how it works in After Effects which the compositing and animation counterpart of photoshop. I am trying to attach a GIF file (very small) but it says something about bad gateway.

there it is: http://imgur.com/a/o2Oqb
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me too