How to re-link a linked image layer in Photoshop
I'm used to using the Links window in Illustrator and InDesign. In Photoshop (CS6), I have some linked images, added using
File > Place, which look like this on the Layers window:
So far, so good.
I want to swap them for different images, and/or force them to update - but I can't find a straightforward way to do this.
Just pasting the new image in is not ideal - they're part of a video animation updated in a different application, and creating new layers each time would create a lot of hassle. I'm looking to do the same sort of things you can do in Illustrator and InDesign with the
It looks like, in Photoshop-land,
Relink is called
Replace contents and is found through right-click on the layer:
I can't find any direct equivalent of the Illustrator/InDesign update button. Right now I'm just re-replacing every time the file changes, which is far from ideal.
It seems like Photoshop linked images only update if you edit them in Photoshop using "edit contents" - and "edit contents" loads the version stored in memory, not the file on the drive.