Photoshop: Merge an adjustment layer with multiple layers at once

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Please give us the possibility to merge an adjustment layer with multiple (selected) layers at once.

F.e. This could be done if the layers you want to adjust are all in one layer-folder, one could make an adjustment layer above this folder, set the adjustments, and then just merge it down to the folder below, applying the adjustments to every layer inside the folder at once.

or any other way simply allowing us to use 1 adjustment layer on multiple layers.
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Styrias

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Scott Mahn

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In your example of an adjustment layer above a group, Cmd+click the adj layer and the group to select them both, then Cmd+G to group them, Cmd+E to merge them.

I Cmd+G followed by Cmd+E all day long. For instance, even on a single layer, I find it the fastest way to apply a mask.

And their proximity to each other on the keyboard makes it real easy; just keep your thumb on the cmd key and flick the index finger from G to E.
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Styrias

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Hmm just checked this, but it is not helping. This merges all the layers in the group to 1 layer.

But what was meant was a way to merge the adjustment layer with all layers at once while preserving all those layers as different layers, not merging them...
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1) Select the multiple layers to which you wish to apply adjustment
2) Layer > New > Group From layers
3) Right click on the layer group folder > convert to smart object
3) Double click on the thumb of newly created smart object and enter into psb mode
4) go to Layers panel in the smart object mode and release the clipping mask from the adjustment layer, it will be applied to all the layers following it
5) Save the psb and close and return to the psd.

Thats it :)
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Scott Mahn

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"But what was meant was a way to merge the adjustment layer with all layers at once while preserving all those layers as different layers, not merging them... "

If I read you correctly, you want the adjustment layers to affect some layers but not the whole document. Highlight those layers you want to affect (including the adjust layer) CMD+G to put them into a group, then set the group's blend mode to Normal rather than the default Pass Through. This will contain the Adjust Layer to those layers within the group.
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Tony Trudeau

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Would like to resurrect this thread since this is exactly what I want as well but there isn't a way to do it yet.

I have multiple layers I want to apply an adjustment layer to, collapse the adjustment to each layer and not have to merge the layers or group. It's specific because I have to have the layer structure stay the same for script reasons.
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Ally Low

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I want to know a quick option for this too. long way around it is to copy the adjustments to an action and run it on every layer, but thats a pain!