In Adobe Photoshop is there a way to have multiple layers selected and then delete pixels in a selection from them?

The closest I could think of is to add them to a group and apply a mask created from the selection, but my preference is to destructively delete.

Alternately perhaps there's a way to program an action to do this but I'm not certain.

Is there a native easy way or are there any recommendations on how to approach this?

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. You forgot to mention what software you are using. Most raster image editing software allows you to merge layers. Then you can make a selection and delete. Will that work for you?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 2:52
  • @BillyKerr good catch - silly miss on my part - I've added it
    – g491
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 3:22
  • Thanks. But what about the rest of what I asked you?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 15:38
  • @BillyKerr Unfortunately merging the layers won't work - thanks
    – g491
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 19:24
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    To be honest with you, Photoshop wouldn't be the best choice for making scale drawings. It's really not designed for this, also I don't really think it's accurate enough for that purpose either. Photoshop is a photo editor. That is probably why you are having trouble (and why we think it's an odd thing to want to do). Maybe you should consider using some CAD software.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Nov 25, 2022 at 10:12

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Delete.. next layer below.. repeat...

or ....

Del then Option/Alt+] - repeat...

You could create and action so the shortcut to do both steps is merely a single F-key.

Or one could create an action to loop the steps and walk down layers -
but it would be difficult to stop if you didn't want to delete from all layers below.


In Photoshop, you can select the pixels and then hit delete (or use a mask by making it black), select another layer from the menu that lists the layers without deselecting and do the same again for the next layer. That selection will then be affecting the layers you selected one by one. I'm also guessing you can do them all at once.

Here's an example of what I mean:

example. sorry, seems I can't post it since it's too large.

  • Thanks - yeah that's what I ended up doing but the more layers the more manual effort this becomes - seems surprising they wouldn't have a way to do this more automatically but perhaps not
    – g491
    Commented Nov 25, 2022 at 2:29

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