Photoshop CC 2015: Duplicating layers/groups in artboards moves them to the top of artboard and not next to the original layer

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Problem with artboards and layers in photoshop cc 2015, when you duplicate a layer or group inside an a group in an artboard, the new layer is placed at the top of the artboard and not next to the original layer.


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Idan Arbel

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gary haslam

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I have the same issue with the arrangement of layers.... also when you used to drop a layer into a group folder, it would go to the bottom of that group, now it sits at the top.
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I'm uncertain if this is a bug or an intentional change to the behavior of the layers palette, but it's unwanted either way.

It's a big obstacle in workflow. Would love this fixed/reverted back to it's original behavior.
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I'm frustrated with the new workflow of adding a layer to a group and having it at the top vs. the bottom as Gary Haslam mentioned. "If it ain't broke ..."
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its ok if there is an option revert... but having used the same action over and over again for years and suddenly its different, you wonder what the reason was... does it improve workflow? not really. has it sped anything up or made life easier? not really... be good to know the rationale for the change.. hey, maybe we've been doing it wrong all these years...

or is it a bug?
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I can get used to having the new layer placed in a group be placed at the top, it event makes a little bit of sens ...but when i'm working on a layer in the middle of a huge document 4 groups deep and I duplicate it and the duplicated layers appear at the top of the artboard that just devastating!
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I'm really hating this. My PSDs are normally 50+ layers and the new duplicating layer behavior ads so much more production time to keep my layers organized properly. Please revert to the old behavior and keep the duplicated layer on top of the source layer.
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Official Response
The behavior when you drag a layer into a group for it to go to the top is intentional, but I don't think it's intentional when duplicating a layer. Will look into it.
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Please don't look into it. Fix it. I beg you.
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Brett Valls

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Yeah I agree. This bug literally makes me want to avoid using Photoshop all-together. I wish I was kidding.
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Yes please fix this. I found this tread trying to find out if there was a setting to have it go back to the original behavior of duplicating next to the item you have duplicated. This is very annoying for sure, especially for files with many layers as others have pointed out.
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Please, put some checkbox in the Preferences / Layers panel options, which enables the old behaviour - the layer placed in group goes on the bottom. Thanks!
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Trine Madsen

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Yes please. Agree. New layers at the bottom of the group.
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Vita van der Lijke

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Same problem here, it's getting a bit annoying. I love the artboards it's a timesaver for me, but I'm losing that time again when duplicating groups and layers by constantly having to replace them to their correct position in the layers panel.
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I noticed today that the duplication issue of moving the layer to the top of the stack has been addressed (silent update?), however there's still an odd behavior happening with the Layers palette.

This applies to text layers as well as folders, but when you duplicate the text layer or group, the entire frame/scroll bar position of your layer palette shifts to make the duped layer positioned to the top. This duplication action **does not** affect the layer order, just the view position of your layers palette.

Just thought I'd call it out as it's a bit confusing and interruptive.

Thanks for the duplication order fix, however!
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Upon further inspection, it seems that the Opt + Drag shortcut for duplicating a layer makes this repositioning happen regardless of layer type!
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Jared Booye

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How do I get this update. I dont see it.
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Rosie Streit

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This, exactly. Every time I try to move around a layer, the view position of the layer palette adjusts so the moved layer is at the top of your view and it's driving me absolutely NUTS! It's making me feel crazy because if I'm moving a layer up just one spot and it's towards the bottom of my the view, suddenly it's at the top and I've completely lost track of where I am. It's messing up my work flow and productivity. I cannot think of a single reason why this would be a good idea, please fix this or at least give us the option to turn it off!
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Just glad that I am not the only one going crazy over this.
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Robert Paige

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I get sea sick doing that.

There needs to be an easier way to duplicating a layer to a different artboard!
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Brett Valls

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Yes this is absolutely obnoxious. This absolutely must be fix. To me and my team this is a huge suck out of our workflow and productivity. At least provide a workaround in the meantime until a solution can be solved.
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Kristóf Dér

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The bigger problem: if you copy multiple layers from another document into the one with artboard, sometimes it spreads the layers into several artboard.
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Tim Allan

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Same problem here with duplicating a layer and having it appear on top of the artboard, not next to the layer or group that I have just duplicated. It seems small but duplicating is such a basic action, having to spend time rearranging layers, over the course of an entire day, really adds up to lost productivity.
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Glad I'm not alone.. revert to old behaviour please!!! losing valuable seconds re-ordering layers all the time!
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On Pomerantz

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This could easily be solved by allowing Cmd+drag if a user wishes to replicate previous behavior...
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Robert H Paige

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What if you have over 70 layers in an artboard? Who in their right mind would want to do that?
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Kristóf Dér

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It won't help, if I have to copy a lot of layers from _another_ document.
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Robert Paige

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I second that too.
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Yes, for me the new behaviour is extremely useful and it's how I would have hoped it to be from the beginning. But the old behaviour is useful as well and I can understand how it breaks everyone's flow (including mine sometimes) not to have it. Having both is the best option and if need be, the new one can get the modifier key, still very much worth it.
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For me it also happens when I try to duplicate a group with Cmd+J it's duplicated in the document, outside of the artboard.
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Takashi Sato

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Also having the same issue. How the heck do I follow this thread without having to re-search it next time (or get updates from this thread without having to check back daily)?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
This issue should be corrected in the Photoshop CC 2015.0.1 update which was released today. Details here: http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...
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Michael Church

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Just tested... it has been fixed. Thank you so much Jeffrey for being our advocate and keeping us informed. This has made my day!