Photoshop: Automatically create duplicate layer - set up in preferences

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I am guessing most people using PS, first thing they do is to create a duplicate layer so to avoid messing up their original file. I do this everytime.  Of course you can do this in the right hand side menu by dragging or shortcut.  My suggestion would be to add in the Preferences a setting that you can chose to automatically duplicate/copy the original layer when opening new files.   Just saves one step. 
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Kitmin Lee

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Tom Winkelmann

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Why don't you use the script events manager and a tiny script or action?



A script can look like this...

var doc = app.activeDocument;
doc.activeLayer.duplicate();
doc.activeLayer = doc.layers[0];

For an action you only have to record the "duplicate" step.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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That would be my suggestion. 
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Kit Kerner

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I frequently dupe layers (groups too then flatten them), but that usually happens after I have put 'pen to paper'. duping layers is only two key strokes now, but an action could be created. The action is only one click, if the action pane is already displayed. Good luck! 
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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I never set up a duplicate layer just for the sake of 'not messing up the original'. If you really don't want to mess up the original (and I sure don't), then you should always work on an image copy, not a duplicate layer. Even with a duplicate layer you can still end up with a corrupted file...