Whenever I use larger documents with multiple layers I always run into the problem of not having enough colors to label my layers.

Is there a way to get more colors for these labels? I've searched high and low for a way or maybe a plugin but it appears there aren't any. Am I the only one with this problem? Or is there a more efficient way to label layers?

I'm currently using Photoshop CC btw. Thanks!

  • Both other 'usual' Creative Suite programs -- Illustrator and InDesign -- have an "Other.." selection in color dropdown for the Layer properties. Seems like yet another oversight. – usr2564301 Dec 5 '14 at 10:53
  • Did previous versions ever have the "Other.." selection? – Jane Dec 5 '14 at 11:17

It's not an exact solution to your issue, but you could try grouping your layers, if you haven't already. You can also convert layers used in the creation of a single element (in this example, text and a shape to make a button) to Smart Objects. Both of these methods will clean up your Layers Panel and subsequently reduce the number of different colors needed to keep everything organized.


You also don't need every layer in the document to be a different color. You can reuse the same colors, just make sure that you don't put two of the same color touching each other and you should be able to keep everything organized.

Naming goes a very long way too. I've been using PS for 15+ years and I don't think I've ever colored a layer. I use groups, Smart Objects, and name everything meticulously.

  • To group layers, select the ones you want grouped and hold down SHIFT while clicking the little folder icon. To create a smart object, select your layers, and CTRL [or right] click, then choose Convert to Smart Object – Manly Dec 5 '14 at 15:42

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