Quick Way to get rid of Adjustment layers but keep their effect for all layers below?

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This is one of those things that can easily be confused when trying to explain.

Pretty much I usually have a few dozen adjustment layers at the top of my layer stack (color balance, hue sat, levels, ect). And below those adjustment layers I have 100's of normal layers where my actual art is made. Instead of keeping the adjustment layers at the top effecting all layers at once, I wish there was a script or method for easily applying adjustment layers to all 100 of my layers below without having to merge or apply each adjustment layer one by one to all my individual layers below. I dont know if there is some script out there that automate this process but It seems like something that could be in the realm of possibility.
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Corey

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Warren Heaton

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Sounds like you're looking for something that can duplicate non-clipping Adjustment Layers and apply them as clipping Adjustment Layers to other layers in the stack.  Yes, that would be awesome.  From an interaction standpoint, it seems like it would be easy enough to imagine: You focus one or more layers in your layer stack, right click on the Adjustment Layer and then choose "Apply as clipped to selected".  I'd vote for that!
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Yeah at the moment I have to do this manually  by reconstructing my entire document one layer at a time.
I apply the adjustment layers to each layer one at a time by selecting the layer, doing a "CopyMerge" and pasting all 100 or so layers one by one in order to reconstruct my layer structure but keep the same look I had with the adjustment layers.

I do understand you can turn this into an action and apply one layer at a time but I feel this simple action can probably be scripted to be automated somehow for a group of layers to help clean up files much faster.
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Scripting would be the way to go, short of an actual feature add from Adobe. I would love to see something like this as part of a new feature set.

A script could, for instance, get each selected layer or group and then duplicate and clip any adjustment layer found with a keyword in the layer name above it. You'd end up with a ton of extra adjustment layers. Could also have the option to merge the adjustment layers directly.