Is it possible to select all visible layers in Photoshop, perhaps using a script? I see no way to do so in the Photoshop menu items.

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Set the Layers Panel to sort based on Attributes and then set the second drop down to Visible.

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You can then shift-click to highlight the layers if needed.

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    I have been using Photoshop for about 15 years now and never even thought to do this! Great trick.
    – Manly
    Apr 28, 2015 at 18:33
  • Well, it's only been possible the last couple years @JohnManly :) Requires CC+ I believe.
    – Scott
    Apr 28, 2015 at 18:35
  • I have CC. I'm a bit of a stubborn old man (mentally anyway) so don't explore the new features much. I guess I should. Thanks for the idea!
    – Manly
    Apr 28, 2015 at 18:37
  • I overlook those Layers panel features all the time! I can confirm it works on CS6 too. Many thanks, this will do the trick. I was looking for an easy way to select all visible layers so I could then color-code them.
    – George C
    Apr 29, 2015 at 23:37
  • @Scott any option to view only Hidden/Visible layers?
    – Vikas
    Jul 20, 2019 at 12:56

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