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I looked it up in Photoshop's help file and found this:
By linking two or more layers or layer sets, you can move their contents together. You can also copy, paste, align, merge, apply transformations to, and create clipping groups from linked layers.
To link layers:
Select a layer or layer set in the Layers palette.
Click in the column immediately to the left of any layers you want to link to the selected layer. A link icon appears in the column.
Tried that. Doesn't work. What could I be doing wrong?
It should be pretty straightforward.
Is there something that's supposed to be obvious that I could be missing? Maybe I have some other condition selected that would make them not link correctly? Maybe there's something else I need to do? Maybe I have some kind of option checked somewhere in some obscure preference menu that makes it not work?
Is the selected layer moving while the others aren't?
Are you trying to move a locked layer? The Background layer of an image is often locked by default, and to move it you'll have to copy that layer first.
I've found that when I don't make a selection, the linked layers feature works. However, I only need to select individual areas of the image. I know that I could copy all of the layers again, paste the different elements and make new linked layers for each part I need to move, but I don't think my computer can handle it! Not to mention how confusing it's going to get scrolling through all the layers. I already have 25 layers, the layers I need to move already have 6 layers that go together, and there are 4 main sections that I want to move around.
I don't want to merge the layers yet because there are certain details that I'm not sure if I'm going to keep yet. Is there a way I can do this in photoshop, or will I just have to cut and paste everything onto even more layers?
I hope I explained what I want clearly enough... I need to get this done quickly so I'm kinda stressing about ways to make this go faster.