46 comments on “Photoshop Tip – How to turn off “Add Copy to Copied Layers and Groups”

  1. Nice! I never managed to dig that far before. Thank you. I wish i didn’t have to read all the way to the 5th paragraph before getting the payoff of the article title, but it was worth it. πŸ˜‰


    • Hi Jack, glad you found the information helpful and thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚

      Too late to help you but I’ve restructured the solution part of the post to make it easier to skip to.


    • Hi Ine, thanks for dropping by.

      Sadly, the answer to you question is no as far as I’m aware 😦

      I spent years searching and waiting for a solution to this simple problems and CS5 was the first time I found an answer.


  2. Thanks, man!

    This is helpful indeed! Sort of a “bug fix” I’ld say πŸ˜‰

    I would never have guessed before that one could even come up with the idea to create an extra panel options menu inside of the layers panel options… πŸ˜€


    • Hi Dimos, sorry it took me a while to reply to your post but I think I know what is happening.

      You’ve found what they call an “Easter Egg” (or hidden message) in Photoshop which was left there by the developers.

      To trigger this “Easter Egg” you hold down the Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) key while following the instructions I have described above and the “Merlin Lives” window will appear.

      I can only assume that you are holding down the Option key or your Option key is somehow stuck down without you knowing it.


  3. It’s been a while ago since I tried to figure it out, how to turn this off. You just made my day, Dave!!! πŸ˜€ Thanx for the tip, very helpful !!!


  4. Thank you for the great post and site. I have a question for you. Whenever I go to transform an image it creates a new layer for that transform. ( or resize whatever I try to manipulate that layer or image)
    I am not a power user and don’t like having to go back and delete the original layer. Can I turn off the create duplicate layer function?
    Thanks again for the great info you have here.


  5. Thanks Sean and welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

    I’m not sure why you are getting a new layer when you do a transformation. Exactly what operations are you doing that give you a duplicate layer?


  6. Holy Cow! Those ‘Copy’ suffixes have been makin’ me crazy for Years! You’re the best for posting that!


  7. Hi, along these same lines, do you know how to stop Photoshop from adding sequential numbers to the end of adjustment layers? That drives me crazy as well and I cannot figure out how to turn that one off!


  8. You are a lifesaver. I was getting so frustrated when someone linked this post on the forum where I was looking for. Totally saved my day! only mad at myself I didn’t look it up sooner πŸ™‚


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