Photoshop: Automation option to place a file from Bridge as the top layer of a layered image

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This is an old topic, over 7 years that I know, but perhaps expressed a different and possibly a feasible way.
In Bridge PLACE only the Top Layer of a LAYERED image.
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How would we know that the top layer of a layered image is an image layer? My top layers sometimes are, but very, very often are not.  And why do you want this? It would help to understand the working situation you envision for this need.
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If, for example, you had a collection of clouds and they were placed on a gray layer, you could see in an instant what you were placing.
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Oh. I do have a collection of clouds. I view them against a gray background in Bridge. But then, mine are PNG files. I also have some files that contain overlays stacked into a PSD file.  But those are there for me to choose between after opening, and then drag and drop (using Doco, though that just makes it easier). And I have cloud brushes, and PS doesn't preview brushes nearly as nicely as Affinity Photo does, but. . .

Bridge should preview PSD files with transparency, too.<sigh>

But you perhaps have a lot of files you've added clouds to as the top layer? And you want to reuse the clouds layer, without the rest of the file? I'm just trying to imagine this scenario and how you'd know, a year or two later (for me, probably a week later <BG>) that the clouds I'm viewing IS the top layer.
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Cristen Gillespie,  The first issue I have has to do with my primary focus. I do composite images. As such, I have a ton of CUTOUT images of people, plants, trees, grass, clouds, lightning, etc. All of the images are on 2 layers. The top layer has the subject and the underlying layer is a gray background. There is no problem viewing them in Bridge but you cannot use the PLACE feature and move just the image to another image in PS.
I've seen references to this issue that say it has been revisited at least for 7 years with no improvement.
In today's world, with all the great things that Adobe has done to Photoshop, composites are super easy. Being able to use Bridge could really speed up the process. 
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Okay. Now we're on the same wavelength. I do composite as well. I just don't have these cutout images on a layer above a gray background. Useful before Bridge gave us transparency previews. I created an action that would make a JPEG against a background and name it the same so it would sort with the PNG. I only used it for those PNGs that didn't show up against the standard white background—now they're a nuisance to have around.<G>  I also have some PSD files that should show up as transparent, and don't.

But what you have—yes, I understand wanting to have just the top layer placed. I'd have to either remember to open, not place from Bridge, then drag over. What a pita if you do it a lot. I don't even like doing it much occasionally.<G> Thank you for explaining more fully. I'm sure it made sense to people in your situation, but I was just puzzled by how it would work. I'll vote for it. I am all for anything making it easier to create composite art. It does seem like it could be a JDI, although it looks like it needs both the PS and Bridge teams on it to make it happen.
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Maybe there is a Scriptwriter that can create a script that can be placed in Bridge so as to facilitate this. 
If there was a top layer and a background, it would allow you to place just the top layer. 
The PLACE command would have to be two different commands: PLACE Top Layer and PLACE.
If this sounds reasonable, I'll ask my Scriptwriter in India if he can do this.
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Whoops, I got this backward. In the case of CLOUDS or any transparent image, it would be the bottom (Transparent) layer that had to be PLACED.
Oh well, it was probably wishful thinking anyway. If Adobe hasn't done anything by now, they probably will never do anything like this.
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