Photoshop Vertical Layer Tiers.

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I thought of this idea a long time ago, but i think it's time to say it. Although i do not have the latest photoshop, it may be in a newer one.

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The Photoshop layers section should have horizontal tiers. So for example, currently photoshop just has one vertical tier of as many layers as you create. If we added multiple verticles with multiple horizontal layers within a vertical, and you can then arrange verticals from left and right which would effect which set of horizontal layers would be on top of others. Does it make sense? I can draw it out easily..
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Four dimensional layers? (Width and Height are covered by the 2D dimensions of the art plane or document window. The layers provide a 3rd dimension by adding Depth).

I can pretty easily imagine how the would look in Photoshop...

How would this play out in the "real world". For example, the current single vertical stack translates to a stack of clear glass planes stacked perfectly on top of each other. Just like in traditional cell animation.

A separate stack of layers off to the side is the exact same thing as either a separate document or a wider canvas.

Perhaps Layer Groups are what you are looking for. They create a hierarchy, which can be modified separately than other layers.
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Hi, not sure if you understood my idea, but take a look at the quick mockup. You could also do standard grouping within a vertical, and you can arrange the verticals under the "hiearchy" to show which verticals sit on top of others.

I mean the reason for this is, I love grouping, i do grouping all the time, even multiple nested groups. But sometimes it's nicer to have a more organized fashion to separate a .psd file into larger, easy to handle groups. Like for instance, if you have a file thats 184 layers, and 72 layers has to do with multiple background objects, and the other 45 layers has to do with objects in the clouds, and the rest are random objects, it would be super difficult to navigate between groups, (lets not forget the limitations of selecting objects that are nested in multiple groups... thats another conversation) It would be so much easier to have a vertical called "backgrounds" and a group called "cloud objects" and a group called "random". From there you can easily toggle on and off, arrange for visibility and so forth.

Does that kind of make sense?
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OK, so you are only talking about increasing the organizational capabilities of Layers. That makes more sense, I thought you were trying to introduce a whole new paradigm to how layers worked.