Photoshop: Setting to create all new layers below

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Currently, all new layers are created from bottom to top.

Please add a global setting to reverse the order and make it go from top to bottom.

Ctrl+new layer icon click is not enough, there are lots of other types of layers and ways to create new layers.
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Alexander Tazh

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Cristen Gillespie

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So you want it to always be top to bottom when you work? Or just now and again? I know myself well enough to know if I decided one day it was convenient to switch direction, I'd forget the next day and everything would be going in the wrong direction.  '-}

I prefer to use Alt/Opt-[ to step backwards one layer if I want to place an adjustment layer or Gradient Fill right above the layer that's below the layer I'm currently on. That way I have to be aware of what I'm doing and won't accidentally be working in the wrong direction.
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You can already do this with the Script Events Manager. Record an action that moves a layer below using the Cmd/Ctrl + [ keyboard shortcut.

Then use an event named "Create Layer" and Descriptive Label as "Mk  ,Lyr " (note the spaces are required):

Enable Events to run, Select the Create Layer Event and the Move Below action, Click (Add) and you should be good to go:

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I was about to enter this request myself, then I spotted this! I have to say, I couldn't figure out how to get that script thing to work - and in all honesty, in my opinion, users shouldn't have to do 'work arounds' for anything really.

It would be great functionality to be able to select layer creation direction from the panel options of the layers section, or set it from somewhere within preferences, or even from the new layer icon itself - maybe it could have an up and a down arrow on the icon itself, and depending on which you click, depends on whether your layer is above or below the current one... as I know for me, it would be really really handy to be able to choose. Dragging layers up and down can become tiresome, especially when it often doesn't quite end up where you want it (often outside of current artboard, or accidentally in a folder etc etc)

For now, I have a shortcut set up to run an action that plonks the layer beneath, but it's not ideal.

I really hope Adobe can work on this.