Elements 14: Please Change Drag/Drop Feature from Photo Bin

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In the newest versions of PSE, when dragging an image/element from the Photo Bin onto a document, it is supposed to land (in the Layers Panel) above the element on which the cursor is over on the document. Problem is, that the image/element lands in the center of the document. If there is another element above it in the Layers Panel, then the newly dragged element can be covered up because it landed in the center of the document. It would be much nicer if the image/element would land where the cursor is placed on the document. Thank you for considering this change.
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I found the following information from Linda Sattgast at DigitalScrapper.com.

Drag from the Photo Bin over an object on your layout and let go of your mouse.
• The new layer lands above that object in the Layers panel regardless of which layer is active in the Layers panel.
• BUT on your document, the layer still lands in the middle of the document.

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Another discussion on the way the drag from photobin works:

What is fundamental in the way the drag from photobin action works is that now, it is a only a first step to bring a picture file as a smart layer in the layer palette, to allow any ulterior editing and while keeping the link to the original picture and insuring the best quality and resolution.

The layer you are dragging will be eventually:
1 - resized
2 - moved on your canvas
3 - rotated or distorted
4 - moved in the layer palette and combined with adjustment layers, clipping masks...

The idea that you simply put the picture in a given spot of the canvas and in a given order in the layers palette is typical of scrapbook beginners, not of experienced users compositing pages from various photos.

If you accept the idea that you need maximum flexibility for ulterior changes above, what you want is to get a starting point where you can't sacrifice quality and resolution of the imported layer.
At the first stage, what is important is to be able to quickly resize, rotate and move your smart layer. That solves the problem of the spot you drag your picture to: that has no meaning until the layer is resized and rotated. Until then, choosing the level of the layer in the layer palette is secondary.

Yes, it is important to know if you want the option for 'auto select' layer: it depends on the circumstances, and ideally you will choose the best option for your current purpose; I generally leave it unchecked but that helps in many cases.

Today it's very common to create composite pages from several pictures for a book. Most of the time the pictures you drag from the photobin are bigger than the canvas... resizing them when they are much bigger is a loss of time. That problem with older Elements versions is solved now: the imported pictures shows centered and maxed out to fill the canvas in the bigger dimension.
The result is that now, users wanting to drag without any resizing rather use dragging from the layer palette with several windows displayed in the editing space.
The 'Place' command is also another way to add pictures to another one.