Photoshop: Layer Styles attributes in "Properties" panel rather than dialog

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Think of how adjustment layers work and apply that to Layer Styles. If I want to add a Drop Shadow to a layer I use the "FX" button at the bottom of the layers panel and select Drop Shadow. That adds the effect to the current layer, selects that effect, and opens the Properties panel (same "Properties" panel I would edit Adjustment Layer attributes) for that effect and shows only Drop Shadow attributes. If I was to click "Effects" under my current layer, it would give me access to all the attributes of all the available effects, as well as Blending Mode options in that same Properties panel. When I select just Drop Shadow again, I only see the attributes for that effect. If I enabled Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow and Stroke effects on a single layer, I could simply select Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow and in the Properties panel I would only see attributes for those effects. I could click to add Stroke to that selection, and it's attributes would then appear in the Properties panel as well.

So the main point here is making Layer Style effects something that the user can dynamically select and edit right in the Layers panel, with the editing taking place in the Properties panel which is right above the Layers panel by default. The Properties panel really should just allow me to change attributes of whatever is currently selected, whether that be a Layer, layer effect, adjustment layer, or anything else that is selectable.

The main point of this change would be to work with Layer Styles much more effectively and dynamically and with much more information available. The ability to see attributes of multiple effects by using twirl downs to hide/show the properties of each effect and better yet only show the attributes and the effects I have actually selected rather than show a list of all possible effects. Popover windows shouldn't be necessary in this situation when you could easily adopt the great UI patterns that have been added to the application.

With layer style effects being a key tool for many designers it could really use a workflow overhaul and I think this is a more elegant and efficient solution.
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Andrew Hake

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PECourtejoie, Champion

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That's what I hoped when I saw the properties panel. It takes time to implement everything that makes sense in there.
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Stephane Baril

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And also have the ability to order layer styles (and Smart filters), to add several same one... like in the Illustrator Appearances panel.