Auto Select Layers in Photoshop

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If the Move tool is selected, holding the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) key temporarily activates the Auto Select (Layer) feature. To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it in the Layers panel. Note: if you prefer, you can check Auto Select (available in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected) to eliminate the need for the modifier key. You can also Shift click on additional layers to select them. To select a layer using the context sensitive menus, Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in the image area over the desired layer and select it from list.

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Posted on 02-04-2014


  • By Sandro - 5:56 AM on February 4, 2014  

    You can also use Command+Alt+Right Click and auto select layer works on all tools not only with the Move Tool active.

  • By Sandro - 5:59 AM on February 4, 2014  

    Opssss Alt is Option on Mac 🙂 Just happily switched from Windows to Mac OS X and it is hard for me adapt to the new keys 🙂

  • By PECourtejoie - 7:59 AM on February 4, 2014  

    And one can also make multiple layer selections by holding shift when doing repeated right-clicks with the move tool.