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Photoshop CS6: Move tool targeting imprecise

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Explorer ,
May 21, 2012 May 21, 2012

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Move Tool annoyance in Photoshop CS6.
I use the move tool alot in my work, with high fidelity mockups for interface design. I rely on precision and predictability in my workflow. In Photoshop CS6 with the move tool set to auto-select layer, i would suspect the move tool to select the excact element im targeting at which it doesn't. it automatically selects nearby elements, which is a HUGE annoyance and disturbance. It ruins the workflow, and it's unpredicable.

Is there at least an option to remove this behaviour and just make it precise as in previous versions of photoshop?
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Engaged ,
May 21, 2012 May 21, 2012

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Could you provide more info about what you're seeing?

The layer auto select works right under the cursor.

But we have seen video driver problems that can cause the cursor to draw in the wrong place.

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Explorer ,
May 23, 2012 May 23, 2012

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I've attached a picture. Say I'm trying to target the red box with move tool (with auto-select layer turned on).

The example-cursor i have drawn is 10px away from the black box. When I click and drag to move the element, you would expect that it selects and moves the red box. But instead it selects the black box - I experience it doing it up to 10px outside the element on top.

Know what i mean? Would this be a video driver problem?

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Engaged ,
May 23, 2012 May 23, 2012

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That could be a video driver issue if the cursor is frequently off position from it's effect.

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New Here ,
May 24, 2012 May 24, 2012

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I have the same issue. And I'm pretty sure that Photoshop tries to "assist" the user with the selection but fails to do so.

It's recommended to have an option to turn off any assisting features (in software).

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Explorer ,
May 24, 2012 May 24, 2012

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It only occurs with the move tool, other tools work fine.

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Explorer ,
May 25, 2012 May 25, 2012

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Drivers are up to date now, same issue...

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Explorer ,
May 25, 2012 May 25, 2012

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I agree with Kaupo if that's the case. An ability to turn this off would be perfect. I like the rest of the new photoshop, but this bug/featuer is causing me not to upgrade in the company.

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Explorer ,
Jun 12, 2012 Jun 12, 2012

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Is there no way to turn this off?

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Engaged ,
Jun 21, 2012 Jun 21, 2012

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I also suffer from this problem. I need pixel perfect accuracy for my design work and this is EXTREMELY frustrating.

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Engaged ,
Jun 22, 2012 Jun 22, 2012

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This is real folks please fix it...

its pretty much a mess when you deal with a lot of small layers.. icons, etc.

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Engaged ,
Jul 13, 2012 Jul 13, 2012

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I've found exactly the same problem in my work. It's baffling to me that this is the only thread I've found about it.

To be more clear:

It seems to be a software 'assistance' feature to aid the user in selecting a layer. Each layer seems to have a clickable "halo" of 9px surrounding it (I measured!). Clicking within this area will select the foremost layer, rather than the layer behind it - even if the pointer is visually pointing to the layer in back.

The 9px remains constant regardless of the zoom level – so, I can work around the problem by zooming in and then clicking... but that's annoying.



This might be useful for folks doing less-detailed, pixel-perfect work, but for UI design it's super-frustrating. It's strange, because so many *other* features in PS6 have made UI work better. (vector shapes snapping to the pixel grid, etc.)

I agree that this should be turn-off-able with a checkbox - if not removed outright. 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Jul 13, 2012 Jul 13, 2012

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When this autoselect problem is afflicting your Move Tool, a better-than-nothing solution is to right-click on the problem area, which provides a context menu of the layers. At least it does on a Mac. Hopefully, it can be done in Windows, too.

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Explorer ,
Jul 24, 2012 Jul 24, 2012

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Yeah, but when you sit with a +100 layers document, working all day long with this technique just isn't doable... I would rather work in Paint 😉

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LEGEND ,
Jul 24, 2012 Jul 24, 2012

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Well, I did say only "better-than-nothing solution." 🙂

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Engaged ,
Aug 09, 2012 Aug 09, 2012

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Got the same problem and it drives me mad at Adobe. Please fix that! It's uber-frustrating.

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Engaged ,
Aug 14, 2012 Aug 14, 2012

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same problem

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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Adding to the thread.... Same problem, very annoying.

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Explorer ,
Aug 30, 2012 Aug 30, 2012

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I wish I could upvote this topic 100 times. It is very very annoying.

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Explorer ,
Aug 30, 2012 Aug 30, 2012

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Please remember to +1 this issue at the top, i only see 5 votes but 8-9 people agreeing that it's an issue.

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Explorer ,
Aug 30, 2012 Aug 30, 2012

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We should start a hunger strike or something.

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Engaged ,
Sep 01, 2012 Sep 01, 2012

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I'm actually want to downgrade to CS5 because of this!

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Engaged ,
Sep 05, 2012 Sep 05, 2012

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+1

It's extremely annoying

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Engaged ,
Sep 05, 2012 Sep 05, 2012

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vote your plus one up at the top.

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Engaged ,
Sep 06, 2012 Sep 06, 2012

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the same thing is happening to me and right at this moment i am spending my time looking for a solution instead of working.

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Engaged ,
Sep 13, 2012 Sep 13, 2012

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I have face a strange problem that is in tiff photoshop file no one option will be selected by move tool. instead of selecting it drag just deem red color automatically as i drag it. What will be the solutions for this problems. could you help me? plz!

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