Thanks - my issue for awhile was trying to do it on the layer copy. How did you retain a background layer? It converted mine to a regular layer and the adjustments are below, not above...
I used an action I created a long time ago. I often start an action by adding a new empty layer and move it to the top of the stack. Then stamped visible layers into it to have a composite to work on. I named the layer sharpening adjustment layer and converted to a smart object layer then added a reveal all layer in cast I wanted to adjust the effect. I wanted to have a filter mask to only work on edges so i created an edge selection before adding the smart filter. etc
"stamped visible layers into it" Hmmm. Maybe that's your euphemism for inserted?
I need to get a routine down - thing is I can leave my camera / editing alone for a long time - and it's *not* so much like riding a bike.
*But* I can dink with layers again, in the way I remembered, so thanks.
Is it important to have a locked background layer?