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Make Photoshop Actions More Flexible by Creating Layer Groups

Photoshop Actions are great, right? They automate repetitive tasks so you don’t have to do it yourself. But sometimes they sure are dumb sometimes (I wish they’d bring back ‘conditionals’ in ImageReady). When you record a “select layer” action, Photoshop remembers the layer you selected. But the layer structure of a Photoshop file is often in flux, layers get created, deleted, renamed… rendering the action all but unusable.

So the solution? Put all those layers in a Layer Group, and when you record the action, select the entire group. Now, it doesn’t matter what’s going on with each individual layer within the file, as long as the group is selectable!

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