Photoshop/Bridge: See and drag layers in Bridge. Create files from layer

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The following things would help us:

1. Bridge would be able to display Photoshop layer similar to our current groups. The main view would display the file as currently while the expanded view would look like an expanded image group.

2. We would be able to select and drag one or many layer from file to file:

a) Dragging them to the Bridge background would transform an every layer in a new file. Do we hold down a special key while dragging, then the layer in the dragged group would remain together in a single new file.

b) We could can drag (copy) layer from a PSD file to an other. Holding down a special key we would be able to completely remove the layer(s) from the first PSD file and add them to the second one.

Thanks, Michael
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Thank you for the suggestions.

I wasn't quite sure about what you meant with number one regarding Bridge displaying an expanded image group. You want to be able to see layers or layer comps in Bridge? Could you explain a little more what you mean?

For number 2(a) - You can transfer single or multiple layers between files in Photoshop but not Bridge. You can also export layers as separate files from Photoshop using File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files.

I don't think there is a keyboard shortcut to cut layers from one image and have them removed to be pasted into a different image.

Do you transfer layers between documents a lot with the way you use the software?
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Thanks for your answer! Here a more precise description:

1.Bridge Group: I meant what we get when we select many images and press Ctr+G(roup). Such a group can be collapsed/expanded. The idea was that a Photoshop file should also can be collapsed/expanded in Bridge with regard to its layers.

2.Layer or Layer Comps: both if possible, or if not then user defined: either the first or the second depending on preferences.

3.Layer Transfer: I know we can transfer them within PS but not in Bridge. And exactly this is my wish, to can do it in Bridge too. But this would first require the possibility to make layer visible within Bridge as suggested. And second the possibility to drag layer from a file to an other.

4.Display: Bridge would be able to display the different PS files similar to the described groups, but also in further views, e.g. a) List the files (as row header) and display their layer as row or b) Files as "column headers" and their layer in scrollable columns or something similar. The idea is that we would be able to see many files side by side and be able to compare their contents or drag things to and fro.

5.Export Layer to Files Script: I know and use the respective script from time to time. I meant a simple drag&drop action within Bridge, which also requires the suggested visible layer. And because you asked, what if we could also simple drag&drop PS Layers from Photoshop itself to our OS/Bridge folder and could transform them this way directly into files, without the use of a separate script.

Michael
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Hi Michael,

Thanks for the additional explanations, I understand what you mean a lot better now. I think the "official" terminology for grouped images in Bridge is called stacks, not that it really matters, I was really just wanting to be understand what you meant. You have a lot of great ideas, thanks for passing them along.

Dave
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Hi Dave,

you are right, stacks is their name, the problem is that I'm not using an English CS and my English is also not perfect, so I sometime reinvent diverse terms ;-D

But this lets me think about how to improve such a communication with regard to used terminology. Two approaches could be:

1. A shortcut would allow user to see English names instead of his own language in mouseover popups.

2. There would be an Adobe "translation" site (within the help system). All important functions, titles, tool names would be grouped there in a very visual way and user would be able to select their needed language combination.

This way we would quicker find the right terminology, as well for communication as also for all the other internet searches.

Michael
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or 3. We would simply be able to switch between our language and the English version of the respective help topic within the Adobe Online Help System.