I've noticed that a lot of Photoshop designers and engineers have been hanging around on DN lately, so I think it would make sense that we (the community) go through the effort to tell them really what we lack and what we'd love to see improve in the next few versions.
Personally, I think an "ideal" Photoshop is one that listens the most to the needs and opinions of its users, and since Photoshop is being used increasingly for the web, it only makes sense that we try to contribute.
If you care, please post one or more things that are either problematic (and if possible, suggest a solution), or leave any suggestions for features and improvements that you'd like to see in your "ideal" Photoshop.
To make the best out of this thread, let's try to abstain from discussion of Photoshop alternatives, unrelated criticism (such as generic remarks that wouldn't really help Photoshop improve), and pointless snark. There are other places more suited for that.
DN, what would be your Photoshop wishlist?
Here's my list: - Easier keyboard navigation of the layers palette: I'd love to be able to press some key combination and then be able to just use the up/down keys to select a different layer, and hold shift to select multiple layers. - Simpler ways to move layers in the layers list: currently, if you want to move a layer you are forced to drag it around the list, and when you have a well-structured document with many nested groups this can be troublesome. My ideal workflow here would be the ability to right-click on a layer or group, clicking on "copy"/"cut", then right clicking on another layer to paste. The copied layers would be pasted above the one selected (but pasting on a group would add them to the bottom of it). This would also work very well with the arrow keys feature mentioned in the first point. - A global (tool-independent) keyboard shortcut to edit the colors of anything (text, shapes, etc.), without having to click on the appropriate button. It's annoying to have to click on the swatch next to a shape to change its color, or to have to select text when you just want to change the color of the entire text layer (it's already possible but you have to grab the text tool, then click the swatch at the top. This feature would also be awesome if paired with multiple selection: select multiple layers, then CMD-F (as an example),