Photoshop: Allow to drag (and apply) styles from one layer to many selected layers

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Photoshop allows us to apply a style (from the style panel) to many selected layers in one go. It would be helpful and very quick to can even apply a style to many layers at the same time, when the style is dragged or copied from a layer to this selection.

The Shift key could help. Without Shift everything would work as usual, pressing Shift we would activate the ability to apply the dragged style to many selected layer.

Thanks, Michael
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While you can't do it through drag and drop but you can through context menus. Right/Control + Click on a layer to "Copy Style":



Then select the layers you want to apply to and Right/Control + Click on one of the selected layers to "Paste Style":



Hopefully that helps.
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Thanks Jeffrey, I know the context menu way. I'm just a friend of direct and quick solutions whenever possible, and the drag&drop solution would be the most direct one. It also would be near identical to the way we generally move/copy styles from layer to layer, hence wouldn't require further thinking or learning. And: the context menu would be two entries shorter ;-)

Michael
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Colorwaves, you mean ALT+Shift, then? as ALT is needed to copy the style, without it, you move the style to another layer.

But I notice that when we have MLS (Multiple Selected Layers), ALT-dragging a style works, but indeed, but only on one layer... So, there might not be a need for shift, and I'll vote for consistency!
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Yes, ALT is needed to copy the style to a second layer. And yes, the most direct way would be to select many layer, and then use ALT as usual (for consistency), to copy the style to all of them, as you probably suggest.

I would like this way too, when it wouldn't be dangerous. The problem is, that when there is no command difference, we could easily apply the style to many layers, in a situation we want only a single layer, just because we forgot or didn't see, that they are also selected at that time.

SHIFT(+ALT) would prevent that.
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Ok, got you. Shift make sense.
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I see two alternatives:

a) SHIFT + ALT or
b) ALT and a dialog would appear, when there are many layer selected:
"copy/drag styles to many levels? YES/NO"

I'm not sure if I would like such a dialog, or better learn SHIFT + ALT. Dialogs are not that pleasant for me.
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A further alternative would use both ideas:

- Do we use ALT, then a dialog appears, when many layer are selected.
- Do we use SHIFT+ALT then the command is applied on all selected things without discussions.

So SHIFT+ALT would be the direct way, a shortcut for advanced user (who learned it), while ALT would be the way for all, easier to learn but less comfortable because of the dialog.