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put a new layer beside the current selection in layer hierarchy

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Hi folks,


I have the following workflow improvement if it comes to create a new layer.


The status quo is, that a new layer will be put on top - in first place of the document hierarchy. If you are working with files that contain more than 10 objects and some hierarchy levels it would definitely speed up workflow if the new layer would be placed beside the current selection (like it is done if you duplicate your selection).




1.) it is more likely that I want to create a new layer in the hierarchy level where my selection is than always on top of everything.


2.) it takes much longer to reorganize the hierarchy if you want to put your newly created layer from the top position into the area of your current selection


vice versa it is very very easy if the user wants to have the new layer created on to - just by clicking on the element which is currently at the top :)



So I see more advantages to implement it like the "duplicate layer" function has already been implemented.




I just figured out that creating a "new pixel layer" works exactly as I would expect and like it: the "new pixel layer" is always placed beside the current selection in hierarchy.


Whereas "create new layer" has the the following inconsistence, somehow it reacts "context-sensitive" - means, it follows some rules but I don't get the point. I see it as a bug:


3.1) select a child-object within a layer - the new created layer jumps outside the parent layer and is positioned next (over) it


3.2) select a child-object within a group - the new created layer will be placed at the top of the documents hierarchy


3.3) if you are in the root-level and a layer is selected > the new created layers will be placed next to the selection


3.4) if you are in the root-level and a group is selected > the new created layers will be placed at the top of the documents hierarchy 

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