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Another thing that you can do, when you're working inside documents that contain lots and lots of layers, is you can refine the layers that you see listed inside the layers panel by applying these filtering options across the top of the panel. And, notice here, next to the word kind which appears by default, we have a little magnifying glass and that indicates that these options serve as searching functions, as well. So, for example, let's say I just want to see the type layers inside of this document, then I'd click on the T icon, which as you can see, says filter for type layers.
And then, I'll just see these two type layers, right there, one of which is visible, and one of which is currently hidden. And so, if I wanted to go ahead and check out this type layer, happens to be this guy right there. And, I'm zooming in on it, by the way, by pressing the control and space bar keys, that's command and space bar on a Mac, and dragging to the right inside the image window. And, so you can see this particular type layer is the size of his underpants, turns out, and the layer has a work function applied to it, as well.
Now, if you want to be able to see all your layers, once again, there's two ways to operate. One is you can turn off the filtering by clicking on this little red switch. So, if you click there, the filter is off, and we're seeing a list of all the layers inside the document. If you click again, you're going to turn the filter on. Another option is to click on the T again and that'll turn the type filter off, so that we're seeing all layers inside the image. You can also filter for multiple layers at once. So, if I go ahead and click on the T in order to view the type layers and then, I click on this icon which allows me to filter for smart objects.
And, by the way, every single one of these options here includes a tip, so that you can see the first one filters for pixel layers, the next guy over for adjustment layers, this fourth option is for vector based shape layers and then, the final one is for smart objects. And, now that I have the type layer and smart objects layer icons turned on, I can see all four of my smart objects as well as my two type layers whether they're visible or not. And, when I say I can see them, of course, I mean here inside the layers panel.
One other thing I want you to note, I'll go ahead and turn of both of these icons so that we're seeing the full list of layers. If I scroll down to the bottom of the list, you can see that I've got this group right here, it's currently hidden, and if I twirl open the group by clicking on the little triangle in front of the folder, then I reveal a total of three layers inside of this group. Notice that one of those layers is an adjustment layer. Well, let's say I decide to filter according to adjustment layers by clicking on the little black and white circle icon, up here at the top of the panel.
Then, I will see my three adjustment layers including a couple that are clipped as indicated by the little arrow icons right there, but I'm not seeing the groups. So, the groups always disappear when you apply these filtering options. All right, so I'll go ahead and click on this icon, once again, in order to reveal all of the 60 plus layers inside this document. So, that's how you refine exactly which layers you see inside the layers panel according to whether they're pixel based layers, adjustment layers, type layers, vector based shape layers, or smart objects, by clicking on the filtering icons at the top of the layers panel.
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