by Julieanne Kost
The Move tool has an option (on the Options bar) to “Show Transform Controls”. Checking this option displays a bounding box around the selected layer(s). Not only does this help to show which layers are selected but can also be used to quickly transform an object without having to select the Free Transform command (by dragging the anchor points on the bounding box).
Note: if the Move tool is not selected, then the Show transform controls are hidden. Select the Move tool again to display them.