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Layers: How to stop "copy" from being appended when duplicating layers/folders?

Aug 5, 2008 9:13 AM

Hi,

I find this to be one of the most annoying things about Photoshop layers...

For example, when I go to duplicate a folder of layers, every new copied layer appends "copy" to layer name.

I then have to go through and remove "copy" from every newly duplicated layer.

Is it possible to duplicate layers/folders and not have "copy" appear in the layer names?

Thanks!
Micky
 
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    Aug 5, 2008 9:47 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    No
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 9:49 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    But if you notice when you dupe a layer a dialog pops up with the name of the layer this is the time to delete the word copy or give it a new name.
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 9:57 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    If you hold down the Option key as you drag a layer to duplicate it via the new layer icon, the dialog comes up allowing you to easily modify the new layer name.
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 12:34 PM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    OR select the layer you want to copy, hit Command-Option-J (Control-Alt-J on PC) on the keyboard and type in your preferred layer name.
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 4:24 PM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    There may be a scripting solution to this. Try the Scripting Forum.
     
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    Aug 6, 2008 5:21 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    Tiger and Leopard come with some prewritten scripts, including one for editing file names. Look on the top white menu bar for the scripts icon and open Finder Scripts from the drop-down.

    --Gene
     
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    Aug 6, 2008 6:55 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    >including one for editing file names.

    Micky is not referring to file names but layer names.
     
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    Aug 7, 2008 1:52 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    >Micky is not referring to file names but layer names.

    Apologies. I don't know how layers are stored, and assumed hey were individual files in a Finder folder. Bad assumption, unchecked.
     
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    Aug 7, 2008 8:05 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)
    If you copy the layer group to a new image, and then copy it back, the layers will not have copy appended to their names. Unless of course they're "layer 1", 2 and 3 -- then they'll be renamed "layer 4", 5 and 6.

    J
     
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    Feb 23, 2010 3:18 PM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)

    YES it is possible.

    Add this script to your Photoshop extensions (thanks to Mike Hale)

    http://ps-scripts.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=13467

     

    This has been the bain of my Photoshop life for so long!

    Open up all your layers for the most satisfying experience of watching the word copy disappear from your layers one by one.

     
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    Feb 23, 2010 4:00 PM   in reply to wazok

    It is possible now.  But all the old messages before yours predate the appearance of the link you provided. 

     
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    Feb 23, 2010 4:05 PM   in reply to Tai Lao

    I have searched and searched, requested Adobe and now finally found something. Didn't have to post here but retraced my steps, found this forum post again and thought I would help out.

    Don't use it if you don't want it.

     
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    Feb 23, 2010 4:17 PM   in reply to wazok

    wazok wrote:

     

     

    I have searched and searched, requested Adobe and now finally found something. Didn't have to post here but retraced my steps, found this forum post again and thought I would help out.

    Don't use it if you don't want it.

     

     

     

    No reason to get upset.  I was referring to your shouting (all caps) "YES" in your post.

     

    Your post will benefit many of those who object to having "copy" appended to the layer's name.  I happen to like—and depend a lot on—the "copy" designation.

     

    Sorry if I offended you.

     

    Wo Tai Lao Le

    我太老了

     
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    Feb 25, 2010 6:01 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)

    I seem to remember John Nack saying that there will be a preference provided in CS5 that can toggle the "copy" adding behaviour.

     
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    Feb 26, 2010 4:22 PM   in reply to Reynolds (Mark)

    This is how I've been getting around this annoyance for years:

     

    I Duplicate the file (Image/Duplicate...). I locate the layer(s) and/or folder(s) in the dupe, press Shift and drag 'em over to the original. All copied, all in the right position and no addended "copy" added to the duplicated layers/folders.

     

    And yes, it sure would be nice if the addended "copy" behavior could be a Pref.

     
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    Dec 8, 2010 10:57 AM   in reply to (Micky_Hulse)

    In Photoshop CS5, there is an option in the Layers Panel Options called 'Add "copy" to Copied Layers and Groups.'

     

    You can access the Layers Panel Options window by clicking on this button…

     

     

    menubutton-1.png

     

    …and choosing "Panel Options…" near the bottom of the menu.

     

    There are some other interesting options in there that might be of interest to you.

     

    [via http://madcatphotography.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/photoshop-quick-tip- how-to-turn-off-add-copy-to-copied-layers-and-groups/]

     
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    Jan 19, 2011 6:43 PM   in reply to wazok

    wazok wrote:

     

    YES it is possible.

    Add this script to your Photoshop extensions (thanks to Mike Hale)

    http://ps-scripts.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=13467

     

    This has been the bain of my Photoshop life for so long!

    Open up all your layers for the most satisfying experience of watching the word copy disappear from your layers one by one.

    Thank you so much for linking this!  I'm looking forward to all the  added features in CS5, but in the meantime this is a huge help.  And so  easy!

     
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