Photoshop: Select layer at playhead

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Feature request for 2D animators

Current behavior in video/timeline mode, with shortcuts enabled:
Left and Right arrow keys (and Page Dn/Up) move playhead one frame left and right. (However, the selected layer remains the same, which means the user is looking at a different layer than the layer which is selected and cannot draw on the currently visible layer until it is selected using alt+bracket or with the mouse/stylus.)

Desired behavior:
Modifier+L/R arrow (or just Pg Dn/Up without a modifier) moves playhead AND selected layer in sync with exposures/clip (not just just frame)

Benefit:
This enables animators to flip through their animations, seeing how they look and feel, and to immediately (without using the mouse/stylus to select the current layer in the timeline) draw directly on the image that needs attention.
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Thomas Alberti

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Clem Fandango

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This is the ONLY thing that prevents me from using photoshop for animation.. Any word if this will be implemented?
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Thomas Alberti

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Hi Clem. I don't know, but my workaround is this hotkey script: https://thomasalberti.com/tools/
Hope it helps.
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Stephane Baril

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Agree, with this feature, it will be so smooth to animate in Photoshop!