Photoshop: Ability to search for layers in the layer panel

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  • Updated 4 years ago
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Problem Description — It’s quite common for Photoshop documents to contain a lot of layers. I have some documents here with well over 1000 layers, and I don’t think I’m alone (I have groups for each state of the iOS app usually). It’d be great to be able to filter the layers palette. I realise the complications this might add: Should users be able to edit layers in the search results? If so, how do you handle events like reordering layers? It might be easy to just drop back to the normal (non-search results) view as soon as they do anything, but select the top layer from the search results, or the layer they clicked in the search results.

Workaround — Scrolling through layers and groups until the desired layer is found. Or, right clicking in the canvas and selecting the correct layer from the list of layers under the mouse cursor.

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Official Response
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm happy to say that this feature is in Photoshop CS6:

Try the beta here:

If you have ideas for improvements/refinements for Layer Search, please create new topics for individual ideas. Thank you.