It's too easy to lose all visibility flags when alt-clicking layer visibility

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Alt-click visibility isolates that layer, hiding all other visible layers. Alt-clicking the layer visibility again does it, restoring the originally visible layers. However, if you toggle any layer visibility before alt-clicking the second time, Photoshop forgets the original visibility flags altogether.

This is a headache. I'll isolate a layer, work with it for a while, and then toggle on another layer to compare something (forgetting that I was in isolate). Now the whole file is screwed up--there's no way to get the correct layers visible again other than doing it by hand. If it's a complex document with hundreds of layers I basically have to discard changes and reload the file, since I'll never get the correct layers visible again.

One suggestion would be to have an actual solo layer mode, like After Effects. If you alt-click a layer visibility, instead of toggling visibility everywhere, put a solo icon in that layer, and only show layers with the solo flag, but don't actually toggle the layer visibility flag. If you're in solo mode (eg. one or more layers have the solo flag), clicking visibility toggles solo instead of toggling visibility. This would give a better solo mode familiar to AFX users. (This UI is a bit awkward, but avoids taking up extra space in the layers list...)
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Glenn Maynard

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