Non-destructive merging: 'Smart Groups'.

  • 2
  • Idea
  • Updated 7 years ago
Non-destructive merging:
Basically, you can put layers into a special group, which looks like a layer (except it has a folder icon in the layers panel, like Groups). It acts like a flat layer, but by Alt+Clicking on the layer (or a different shortcut), it opens up a different layers panel menu, with everything in this merged group. It will still have the layer styles etc., so it will be fully editable, but easy to control as it's just one 'layer'. Perhaps call it 'smart group' - sorry if this idea is already included but I couldn't find it.
Photo of hussain amin

hussain amin

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 7 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 818 Reply Likes
That almost sounds like you're describing Smart Objects.
Photo of Josh Baker

Josh Baker

  • 19 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes
It does sound pretty much like Smart Objects. However, there is one aspect to his idea that has potential: the ability to pop it open and edit the element inside it without having to leave the current document. A UI enhancement for editing Photoshop-based Smart Objects as if they were groups would be really cool. Real time visual updates of all the Smart Object instances, and time saved switching between windows, are two of the benefits of something like that.
Photo of christoph pfaffenbichler

christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

  • 1232 Posts
  • 178 Reply Likes
»Real time visual updates of all the Smart Object instances, and time saved switching between windows, are two of the benefits of something like that.«
I think Mr.Cox has already previously commented on this – but to get a rough idea of some of the complexities involved just imagine several instances of a Smart Object, Transformed, Warped, with Smart Filters applied, in a different Color Mode than the container document ... real time update is probably simply not a realistic option for the time being.