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I was searching this for a while, but didn't find a proper answer. Does anybody know how to rename multiple selected layers at the same time? Any help will be appreciated. Thanx!

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There is no native feature for renaming multiple layers, at least yet.

You can however start renaming a layer and use TAB to move to rename the next layer or Shift+TAB to rename the previous layer. This can be handy for smaller amount of layer renaming.


Pro tip regarding, I would guess all of these exentions and scripts:

In the bottom of Group Layer Renaming script website Matthew Rose mentions how you should use cmd (in mac) or ctrl (in windows) to select multiple groups instead of using Shift.

If you don't, you'll accidentally rename layers within the groups. This happens due to the way photoshop selects multiple layers when you hold down shift Shift.

You can however get around it.

  1. Use Shift to select multiple groups
  2. Then hold cmd (in mac) or ctrl (in windows) and click one of the arrows on the left side of those groups. This expands every selected groups.
    • At this point you can see that all the layers in between the groups are selected.
  3. Click again ( while still holding cmd ). This closes the selected groups.
    • At this point, if you click again you can see that only the first level of selected groups are selected.
  4. Now you're ready to rename just the first level of groups you've selected.

At step #2, you can actually double click the first selected groups arrow and jump to step #4.


List of extensions and scripts:

Renamy

  • Costs ~$10
  • Remembers layer names you've used and uses autocomplete when you start writing a new name.
  • You can place the panel on top of your layers panel, for example. That gives it easy access. The only feature I feel like it's lacking is that you can't use a hotkey to focus in the input field. I would recommend using the last script listed in this post, if you want to use a hotkey.
  • You can rename with consecutive numbers using: Layer %NN or Layer %nn to reverse the order.
  • You can add and remove extensions and use regex.

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Adobe Layer Namer

  • Free
  • Meant to be used in tandem with the Assets Generator in Photoshop CC, but at can potentially work with other export scripts and extensions.
  • Only adds suffix with the extension and variables, which are mostly compatible with Assets Generator only. So if you need to randomly rename all layers "Mah Layers", this can't do that.

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Layrs Control

  • Free
  • Layer name editor button basically just launches the below script.
  • Contains more than one script

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Layer Name Editor script

  • Free
  • The extension listed above uses this script.
  • You can set a hotkey so launch the scrip, which is very handy. The extension above doesn't have that feature.

Incase the link doesn't work, the script code can be found at the end of this post.

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Group Layer Renaming script

  • Free
  • You can rename with consecutive numbers using: Item #%n
  • You can set a hotkey so launch the script, which is very handy.

Incase the link doesn't work, the script code can be found at the end of this post.

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Code for the two scripts listed above.

Layer Name Editor script

// Layer Name Editor.jsx
#target Photoshop

app.bringToFront();main();
function main(){if(!documents.length)return;var selLayers=getSelectedLayersIdx();var selIdxNames=[];for(var s in selLayers)selIdxNames.push([[Number(selLayers[s])],[getLayerNameByIndex(Number(selLayers[s]))]]);selectAllLayers();var allLayers=getSelectedLayersIdx();var allIdxNames=[];for(var n in allLayers)allIdxNames.push([[Number(allLayers[n])],[getLayerNameByIndex(Number(allLayers[n]))]]);try{var win=new Window("dialog","Layer Name Editor");g=win.graphics;var myBrush=g.newBrush(g.BrushType.SOLID_COLOR,[.99,
.99,.99,1]);g.backgroundColor=myBrush;win.orientation="column";win.p1=win.add("panel",undefined,undefined,{borderStyle:"black"});win.p1.preferredSize=[380,100];win.g1=win.p1.add("group");win.g1.orientation="row";win.title=win.g1.add("statictext",undefined,"Layer Name Editor");win.title.alignment="fill";var g=win.title.graphics;g.font=ScriptUI.newFont("Georgia","BOLDITALIC",22);win.g5=win.p1.add("group");win.g5.orientation="row";win.g5.alignment="fill";win.g5.spacing=10;win.g5.rb1=win.g5.add("radiobutton",
undefined,"Use Selected Layers");win.g5.rb2=win.g5.add("radiobutton",undefined,"Use All Layers");win.g5.rb1.value=true;win.g10=win.p1.add("group");win.g10.orientation="row";win.g10.alignment="fill";win.g10.rb1=win.g10.add("radiobutton",undefined,"Prefix");win.g10.rb2=win.g10.add("radiobutton",undefined,"Suffix");win.g10.rb3=win.g10.add("radiobutton",undefined,"Remove");win.g10.rb4=win.g10.add("radiobutton",undefined,"Insert");win.g10.rb5=win.g10.add("radiobutton",undefined,"Replace");win.g10.rb5.value=
true;win.g15=win.p1.add("group");win.g15.orientation="row";win.g15.alignment="fill";win.g15.cb1=win.g15.add("checkbox",undefined,"Create Snapshot");win.stack=win.add("group");win.stack.spacing=10;win.stack.orientation="stack";win.stack.alignment="left";win.p2=win.stack.add("panel",undefined,undefined,{borderStyle:"black"});win.p2.preferredSize=[380,100];win.p2.visible=false;win.g200=win.p2.add("group");win.g200.orientation="row";win.g200.alignment="fill";win.g200.st1=win.g200.add("statictext",undefined,
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function selectLayerByIndex(index,add){add=add==undefined?add=false:add;var ref=new ActionReference;ref.putIndex(charIDToTypeID("Lyr "),index);var desc=new ActionDescriptor;desc.putReference(charIDToTypeID("null"),ref);if(add)desc.putEnumerated(stringIDToTypeID("selectionModifier"),stringIDToTypeID("selectionModifierType"),stringIDToTypeID("addToSelection"));desc.putBoolean(charIDToTypeID("MkVs"),false);try{executeAction(charIDToTypeID("slct"),desc,DialogModes.NO)}catch(e){}}
function getLayerNameByIndex(idx){var ref=new ActionReference;ref.putProperty(charIDToTypeID("Prpr"),charIDToTypeID("Nm  "));ref.putIndex(charIDToTypeID("Lyr "),idx);return executeActionGet(ref).getString(charIDToTypeID("Nm  "))}
function selectAllLayers(){var desc29=new ActionDescriptor;var ref23=new ActionReference;ref23.putEnumerated(charIDToTypeID("Lyr "),charIDToTypeID("Ordn"),charIDToTypeID("Trgt"));desc29.putReference(charIDToTypeID("null"),ref23);executeAction(stringIDToTypeID("selectAllLayers"),desc29,DialogModes.NO)}
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;

Group Layer Renaming script

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have you heard the expression 'teach by example'? :) –  Vincent Aug 6 at 12:44
    
@Vincent :) I was actually just gonna write to fedorov that I initially thought about editing his answer to show how I would have done it, but it turned out to be such a huge edit that I decided to post it as my own answer. –  Joonas Aug 6 at 12:47
    
Hi @Joonas, thank you so much! I'm using layrs and it works great. I'm quite new for using ps and ai. Actually I'm an app programmer, but very interested in UI design. I'm very interested in the scripts you posted. At the beginning, I thought there should be someway to write code in ps, just like we can write VBA for MS office, but I didn't find the right way. Your answer is inspiration for me, now I'm reading smashingmagazine.com/2013/07/25/… as a start to learn this. –  Vigor Aug 6 at 13:08
    
Hi @Joonas, do you have some suggested tutorials link for learning scripts in PS for the beginner? –  Vigor Aug 6 at 13:13
    
@Vigor A good way to learn is to basically develop a need for something... like a need to rename layers. Googling for small snippets makes sense. E.g. You don't know how to do something, so google "Photoshop javascript selected layer", paste the example into your code and run it to see what happens. The CC javascript reference can also be used for that, to some extend. Sometimes you can find useful stuff in the sample scripts. –  Joonas Aug 6 at 13:18

try these plugins. http://www.renamy.com/ http://madebyvadim.com/layrs/

More plugins on madebyvadim.tumblr.com

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Hi hellofedorov, welcome to GDSE and thanks for your answer. Could you please explain in your answer why the plugin answers the question? In that way, your answer remains valuable in case the link breaks at a later time. Link rot is the main reason we really dislike link-only answers here. Thanks for your effort and enjoy the site! –  Vincent Aug 6 at 9:10
    
I think the gif on the site renamy.com shows and tells all. But I will take note of your remark. Thanks –  fedorov Aug 6 at 9:15
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While what @Vincent says is true, it's difficult advice to follow in these cases. When your answer points to a plugin or application, you can't can't exactly upload them to stackexchange for safekeeping and if you can't download the extension anymore, a description in the answer might be a bit unnecessary anyways. --- "This extension is super cool. It does everything you've ever wanted." User clicks the link to download it "404". –  Joonas Aug 6 at 11:30
    
Either way, I would have have included images of each extension and listed features, personal opinions and how much they cost or if they are free. --- I would probably have mentioned scripts as well, since at least you can paste in the code in SE. --- The Layrs Control extension is a collection of scripts, so the original script could have been mentioned. Also, Captain Awesome has pretty good "Group layer renaming" script. There probably are some other ones that I'm not aware of. –  Joonas Aug 6 at 11:32
    
hi @fedorov, thank you for your response. –  Vigor Aug 6 at 13:14

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