by Julieanne Kost

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September 23, 2013

Photoshop CS6 introduced the ability to search/filter layers based on a number of parameters using the filter bar at the top of the Layers panel. Photoshop CC took search/filtering one step farther by adding the ability show only selected Layers (while temporarily hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel), by choosing Select > Isolate Layers.

Layers are selected and then Select > Isolate Layers is selected.

Layers are selected and then Select > Isolate Layers is chosen, hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel. Notice that the filter in the Layers panel is activated (the switch is red to show that it’s “on”).

However, when “toggling off” or exiting Isolation mode, Photoshop CC simply turned off the filter in the Layers panel, instead of resetting the Layer Filter.┬áNow, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), toggling Isolation mode “off”, resets the Layer Filter to default values .

In Photoshop CC when Isolation mode is toggled off , the filter is

The panel on the left shows Photoshop CC with Isolation mode toggled off (note that in the red square, the filter is toggled off). The panel on the right shows Photoshop CC (V14.1) with Isolation mode toggled off and we can see that the Layer Filter has been reset to it’s default values.

Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when using the Direct/Path Selection tools in Active Layers mode.