Photoshop: You can now drag layers from panel to tab

Ah, the wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind fine… 🙂

After five+ years of customer requests (during which time, I swear to God, the team really did want to make this tweak), you can now select one or more layers and/or groups in the Photoshop layers panel, then drag them to the tab of another doc, have it pop to the foreground, and then drop them in. Just make sure you’ve run the latest update to Photoshop CC. Thanks to Tai Luxon, Jeff Tranberry, and everyone else who made this happen.

8 thoughts on “Photoshop: You can now drag layers from panel to tab

  1. Sadly. It also introduces a new bug where dragging a layer off the pallet brings the Finder to the foreground, killing your drag, and dropping the layer who knows where in your PSD. 😛 #oneStepForwardTwoStepsBack

      1. I’m guessing it’s a multiple displays issue. I have the PSD Document on one display, and the Layers pallet on another display. When I drag a layer off the Layers pallet, as an attempt to drag it to a different document or even just by accident, Photoshop loses focus, and the Finder comes to the front. This hides the Layers pallet, and drops the layer somewhere in the layer stack. This is on a Mac, El Capitan.

  2. This is not working for me. I’ve got the latest Photoshop. I’m in the Move Tool. I click on a layer to select it and drag it to the tab of another image. Nothing happens. Using Mac OS 10.11.1 on a MacBook Pro.

    I want this to work, too.

  3. Amazingly enough, it works in Win10. Not that I’m excited considering all the new bugs I’m battling with CC 2015.

  4. Hi John,
    Hasn’t this behaviour always been there? I don’t use tabbed documents much, but I am pretty sure I have been able to carry out these steps for some time now since tabbed documents were first added to the UI.

    1. Ah, it’s a subtle difference: One could always drag layers from the document canvas to tabs in order to copy them between docs, but it’s only now that one can initiate the drag from the panel.

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