Photoshop: Ability to move History Item to New Layer

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It would be great if we could grab a history item and move everything done on that item to a New Layer. This would mean if we drew lineart on the wrong layer, we could go back to where we started drawing lineart and move it to a new layer.
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Arshness

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  • hating when I accidentally edit the wrong layer.

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Chris Cox

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Um, I think you don't quite understand what History represents.
It's not a list of operations. Each history state is a state of the document, not something you can cut out and rearrange.
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A bit off topic, but, speaking of the history panel...

I wouldn't mind if I could bring a snapshot over as a merged layer.

The way I currently would do this would be to create a duplicate file from the snapshot, return the original file back to the current state, flatten the duplicate, then drag the merged duplicate to the original.

Is there an easier way?

In general, the ability to save snapshots w/ a file is attractive, even if it's a merged layer. And yes, I know the cmd+opt+sft+E shortcut, but snapshots are the repository of forgotten opportunities to do so.
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Well that's kinda my point. I can't go back to a history state and use that state without losing EVERYTHING after it.
I know that history doesn't do this NOW. If it did, I wouldn't need to request that as a feature?

And just so yo know, Chris, you come off as very rude. Condescending is the word.
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I'm sorry that you're reading an attitude into my responses that does not exist.

So your request is not to modify history, but to rewrite history in Photoshop to do something completely different: more of an edit list? Many operations in Photoshop depend on the context (mode, depth, selection, layer target, etc.) and can't easily be rearranged or have steps deleted and inserted at random like that. So such a change is highly unlikely.
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Arshness

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Even that came off with a bad attitude and I'm not the only one reading it as such. My mate read you over my shoulder and asked what your problem was without me saying anything about how I felt about it.

Maybe you should keep in mind you're talking to Photoshop customers here. A little more friendliness in your tone wouldn't hurt when you're working in text. It can tend to express the negative more easily if you don't try very hard to avoid it.

I am not going to try to continue expressing this idea to you. You seem only to want to put it down and instead of looking at the thought there that could really help people working with the program, you just seem to want to tell me how stupid this is because it's not what the program already does.
Again. If it already did this, we wouldn't need to request it.
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Chris Cox

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Again, my responses are very straightforward. Any attitude is something you've read into it, because it is not present in the text.

I'm sorry that you don't like being informed about why your idea doesn't work and is unlikely to ever work. But I thought it would be better to tell you than to just say "No".
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I didn't get a sense of attitude from that,
What I have been able to do it to save my work thus far, then revert to the part of the history I wanted, save that as a separate file, and then work that back into the original saved file as I need it. Its a bit clunky, but it saves time redoing things.