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Rid your layers of copycat names

Added on Saturday 22nd of January 2005 11:57 pm EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

I work on Photoshop projects that require many layers. One thing that frustrates me is that every time I duplicate a layer or a layer group, the new layer or layer group name appends with the word “copy.” Is there a setting somewhere that I can turn this off so that it doesn’t name my layers like that?


No, there’s no magic setting or preference to stop that. As you mentioned, when you duplicate any layer or layer group, by default the name of the new layer or layer group (layer set in Photoshop 7/CS) is the original layer’s or layer group’s name with the word copy right after it. It’s that way by design. The intent is that you won’t accidentally have multiple layers with the same layer name, which would get extremely confusing as the number of layers in your Photoshop file increased.

But, having the word copy after too many layer names doesn’t help organization much either. As you can see in Figure A, we can tell which layers are included the Layer Group Bubbles, but it is difficult to determine which layer is which just by looking at the Layers palette. We’d have to turn the visibility on and off for each layer to see what it really is.


Maybe overlap the layers palette over the back part of the fish so that the bubbles stand out? Thanks!



The solution is to give your layer or layer set a proper name at the same time that you duplicate the layer or layer group.


To simultaneously copy and name a layer or layer group:

1.       Press and hold [option] ([Alt] in Windows).



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