PHOTOSHOP: put the "parent" name in the "child" smart object image title window

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I would love it if smart objects had their parent's name in the top of their image window (i.e. Image title xxx :: smart object name) I use a workflow where I make my RGB images a smart object and convert that into gracol for final proofing. Sometimes I need to open multiple images while also opening their embedded smart objects which are all named "RGB". with all these images opened at once and all having the name "RGB" in their image windows it can get confusing as to which RGB smart object belongs to which parent image. This is especially the case when I have different revisions of the same file open at once with all their "RGB" smart objects open too (i.e. r1, r2, r3, r4, etc)
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Photoshop frequently does not know the relationship between the documents - especially now that external links are supported in smart objects.

And there is only so much room in the window title bar.

Why are you naming all your files "RGB" instead of using the color mode indicator already in the document title bar?
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Well, There's no way of knowing what color space the smart object is without opening it first. So, by naming the smart object "RGB" I can see what color space it is without having to open it. This is all within a gracol parent document...
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You can change the SO layer name without changing the document title...
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Yes, I know... That is what I do... Picture this: You have a gracol image open and it has one layer. That layer is a smart object. How do you know what color space that smart object is in without opening it first? That is why we name them "RGB" So now let's say I've worked this one image 5 times each time adding an r1,r2,r3,r4,r5 to the end of the filename. I now have 5 images on the server with this filename and the suffix r1,r2,r3... Keep in mind each of these 5 gracol images have an RGB smart object inside which is where all the retouching is done. In every one of these versions the smart object inside keeps the same name that I gave it the first time, "RGB". Now let's say I need to open all 5 images for comparison or client alterations. I now need to open all 5 of those smart objects too in order to retouch the files. I now have open in Photoshop five gracol images (r1,r2,r3,...) and each of their smart objects which all have the same title, "RGB". There is no way to keep them straight on the screen as to which smart object window belongs to which parent window... All the smart object windows have the same title, "RGB". It can be very confusing unless I take special care to move them around on screen in pairs so they stay together. That's 10 images on screen together (5 parent images and 5 child smart objects). It can be pretty time consuming at times keeping track of everything. Especially if I accidentally close the wrong smart object after doing a lot of work on it :) I was just thinking that if the smart objects could mention the parent image name within the title bar it would be a simple addition, maybe I'm wrong...
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I wouldn't name the file just "RGB" but use the original filename, and name the LAYER "filename_RGB".

You're creating a problem by using the same name for many files.
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Yeah I guess that's the best solution if Photoshop can't note the path in the title bar. Only issue is we have actions that name these smart objects and going in and renaming smart objects adds extra time...