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Photoshop Tip: Layer filtering

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Tips & Tutorials, by The Advanced Photoshop Team

Large, complex Photoshop creations can have many layers; it’s amazing just how much time you can waste, searching through a huge stack of layers

Photoshop Tip: Layer filtering

Wouldn’t it be great if you could search and filter the layers in the stack? Well, in CS6 and CC, you can do exactly that. Using the new layer filtering system, this couldn’t be easier.

At the top of the Layers panel, you can flip the filtering option on via a switch, then choose to filter layers by type, blending modes, styles, adjustments, or even by name.

This layer filtering is marvellously intuitive, and works seamlessly, in ‘Name’ filtering mode. As soon as you begin typing the name of a layer you’re looking for, layers with that name are immediately displayed in the panel, even if they are within a layer group.

To search by layer ‘Kind’, you just select that option from the list and then just choose to see particular types of layers, via the selection of small toggles at the top of the panel. You can also filter for all hidden layers, Smart Object layers and more. When you’re done, hit the switch again to turn filtering off and make all the layers visible again.