Posts tagged "The Move Tool"

February 5, 2014

Making Copies of Layers in Photoshop

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag a layer in the image area with the Move tool creates a copy of a layer. You can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag in the Layers panel to duplicate  layer(s) – select the layer(s) and drag until you see a heavy black line between the layers and release. Note, this also works with Layer Groups.

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February 4, 2014

Auto Select Layers in Photoshop

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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November 16, 2013

Show Transform Controls in Photoshop

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.

 

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November 15, 2013

Making Copies of Layers in Photoshop

With the Move tool selected, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -dragging a layer in the image area creates a copy of the selected  layer(s).

You can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag in the Layers panel to duplicate a layer – select the layer(s) and drag (up or down) until yo see a heavy black line between the layers and release.

Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) will also duplicate the selected layer(s). Note: this shortcut works for Layer Groups as well.

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November 14, 2013

Drag-Select Multiple Layers in Photoshop

In order to drag-select multiple layers, select the Move tool and check the Auto-Select option in the Options bar. Click and drag over objects with the Move tool (in the image area) to select the layers. This method works well if you have multiple objects (layers) and a Background. Otherwise, because you have the Auto Select feature turned on, clicking in the image area will select the first layer that you click on and begin to move it instead of selecting additional objects (layers). Note:  because a Background is locked by default, it is impossible to select and therefore skipped by the Auto Select Feature. So, if you have layers that you do not want to auto select, lock them.  If you prefer to keep the Auto Select Layer unchecked (off), with the Move tool selected, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command (Mac) / Control (Win) to temporarily turn on the auto select functionality.

 

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November 13, 2013

Auto Select Layer/Group in Photoshop

The Auto Select Layer/Group feature is found in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected. By default, the Auto Select feature is set to Auto-Select  Groups (as opposed to Auto-Select Layer). To change this behavior, with the Move tool selected, check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Layer from the pull-down menu.

To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it. To select additional layers, add the Shift key while clicking. If the Move tool is selected, holding Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily activates the Auto-Select feature.

In addition, you can also 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 the list.

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November 12, 2013

Temporarily Accessing the Move Tool in Photoshop

While another tool is selected, holding the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily accesses the Move tool. Releasing the key returns you to the previous tool.  Note: the Crop, Slice, Slice Select, Pen, Freeform Pen, Add Anchor point, Delete Anchor Point, Convert Point, Path Selection, Direct Selection, Shape and Hand tools are excluded from this shortcut.

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