Photoshop: Layer Order in Detailed History Log is hard to understand

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Hello,

I have a problem to understand (and to visualize) any change in the order of layers by studying a log file generated by Photoshop (v2017).

Here is an example:

  1. I created a new image (Thus, Background layer did appear).
  2. I created 3 new layers in a row (Photoshop gave them names like Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3).
  3. I interchanged the Layer 3 with Layer 2.
  4. I interchanged the Layer 3 with Layer 1 (so the Layer 3 is positioned above the Bg layer).
  5. I moved the Layer 3 to upper most position (by this way I get all layers to their original state).

  The log file is as follows:
2017-01-24 21:52:01	File Untitled-1 opened
		Make
			New: document
			false
			Mode: RGB color mode
			Width: 3,53 cm
			Height: 3,53 cm
			Resolution: 28,346 per cm
			Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1
			Fill: white
			Depth: 8
			Profile:  “none”
			195
	New Layer
		Make layer
			2
	New Layer
		Make layer
			3
	New Layer
		Make layer
			4
	Layer Order
		Move current layer
			To: layer 2
			Without Adjust Selection
			5
			4
	Layer Order
		Move current layer
			To: layer 1
			Without Adjust Selection
			5
			4
	Layer Order
		Move current layer
			To: layer 4
			Without Adjust Selection
			5
			4
The Layer Order parameter does not make sense to me. Especially the jump from “layer 1” to “layer 4”.
Could you please someone explain it to me?
Thank you.
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David Fabian

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I followed your steps but instead of keeping the Layer names as they appear by default, I changed their names so the first layer created I renamed to "ABC", the Second to "DEF" and the third to "GHI"
The History log does indicate the Layer creation and name change. But I also see the same text "Move current Layer to: layer 4". I think what you are seeing is the layer number that the PS program internally assigns that specific layer, as the Label for the layer is just for us humans. The "Layer Order" is probably It's internal function label a PS Programmer assigned to it years ago for troubleshooting purposes.
I hope I helped. I'm just a user of the product like you and it's just my best guess.
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Thank you. Before I posted my question, I also tried alphabetical names to test if "Layer Order  >  To" does not refer to specific layer name. But as you said, "Layer Order > To" uses some internal naming convention when referring to layers. I am glad you did your test. It proves that I am not the only one seeing this.