Mind posting an annotated screenshot of the Layers Panel that might make the problem more clear?
Edit: Well, so far my testing seems to support your observation.
I was able reproduce the behavior you described when attempting to drag all the linked layers at once, all of the linking merged. A simple workaround that I found was to just do the process in two steps, select the first set of linked layers, selecting all of the individual linked layers in the layer panel that I wanted to transfer (like N1 and N2, drag-n-drop) and then select the second set of linked layers (like N3 and N4, drag-n-drop). Let me know if that makes sense and is a usable workaround.
I'll report the behavior to the Photoshop product team.
Hi Dave, thanks for your swift reply.
The sample i have posted is just to explain the priniciple. Usually we work on very complex images with loads of groups and linked content.
Therefore drag each set of links is not really an option in this case, as it would cost quite a bit of time.
Our workaround trick at the moment is to mark the linked layers in colours in the layer palette and relink them after they have been duplicated but again this is not ideal. Thank you for your response, much appreciated.
No problem, thanks for the feedback. I've reported the issue.
Not sure if you're currently using the Layer > Select Linked Layers command already in your workflow, but if not, it might be helpful with complex documents and selecting a lot of linked layers at once and such.