Photoshop: Creating/opening several new layers at once by holding SHIFT or something similar.

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Sometimes when creating an image, you know you will need several layers to accomplish the result you are after, right at the start. As it takes several clicks to accomplish adding a new layer, it takes a while to do several.

 Is there a possibility of  opening several at once, with some key combination, or adding a field in the "Add Layer" box to accomplish this? 
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If you use Bridge, you can select multiple images and choose Load Files as Layers...
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Errol Jacoby

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Thanks for the reply Champion, but not quite what I am looking for.
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In my version (21.1.1 20200312.r.121 2020/03/12: c839971b587  x642020), as well as the previous versions, it takes at least three clicks to add a new layer from the main menu, or the layer menu. Which "new layer button" do you mean? What on earth have I missed all these years? (send an image of if possible)

As far as the scripts go, I have never tried doing anything like that - didn't know I could. I am not a stranger to programming as such and have done a bit of VBA, PHP, JavaScript and more, but I have not used PhotoShop to that extent. (I mainly do web pages and databases.) I will have to look into PhotoShop scripting.

Thank you all for the tips and advice. I will look into all of it, but I really had hoped Adobe would make it easier for me. I have always used the layer button in the main menu and it is not the clicking as such, but moving the cursor from the layer button to "New" and then "Layer" in the drop-down menus. I guess if Adobe can't fix this, then I will have to start using "CTRL-Shift-N", unless I find "the new button" or get a hang of the scripting, which I will look into as soon as possible.

Thanks again!
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it takes at least three clicks to add a new layer
One click. 
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Or one keyboard shortcut: cmd-alt-shift-N
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Actions are more easily created than Scripts, just open the Actions Panel (Window > Actions), create a new Action and perform the tasks you want to record, then hit the Stop-button. 
The resulting Action can be started from the Actions Panel or assigned some F-key-shortcut. 
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OHHHH SNAP!!!!!! OUCH!! That really hurts for a so called perfectionist!
That's what you get for not exploring all the buttons properly!! And how many years have I been using PhotoShop - 10 to 15 years at least - and still a newbie?! I just have never clicked on anything I did not think I needed, but I guess this button is self explanatory!

Well, that solves that! It might be embarrassing, but this is a LOL moment for me with tears running down my cheeks. How could I miss it? Sorry Adobe - you guys had already thought of this. Now all I have do do as well is have a look at scripting.

Thanks again for all the assistance. I have "liked" the people I feel have helped me with what I thought I needed, and those with what I actually needed.

Happy Easter to you all! Take care of yourselves in these Corona times.
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Scripting can do what you want.
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As it takes several clicks to accomplish adding a new layer

What kind of new layer are you thinking about? Adding a new empty layer is one click in the layer panel. Adding a copy of the image as a new layer is one keyboard shortcut. A script or an action can indeed do this too.