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How to get objects to select when clicking on a layer?

Community Beginner ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Using photoshop on the windows side I can click the layer and the objects are automatically selected on screen. On the mac side I select the layer and nothing is selected. Is there a setting to turn this on?

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Adobe Employee , Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Which version of macOS and Photoshop are you using?

Can you please check if the Auto select option is on or off? 

 

RanjishaSengupta_0-1663900818647.png

If it's ON, doesn't any of the content of a layer get selected?

 

We're here to help, just need some more info.

 

Thanks

Ranjisha

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Which version of macOS and Photoshop are you using?

Can you please check if the Auto select option is on or off? 

 

RanjishaSengupta_0-1663900818647.png

If it's ON, doesn't any of the content of a layer get selected?

 

We're here to help, just need some more info.

 

Thanks

Ranjisha

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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in mac photoshop i am on 23.5 

The the box is checked but nothing happens when on mac. Alternatively, on the windows version it is unchecked and still everything on that layer selects. 

 

Really I am just wanting to quickly scale the objects on a layer and since it doesn't select I have to manually go in and transform...It did throw a bit of a loop into my workflow for what are otherwise really simple ps things. Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.23.47 PM.png

yellow is the mac below green is the pc1111.PNG

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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What i realized after posting this is itsnt the autoselect but rather the show transform tools. 🤦🏼‍:female_sign: Looked right at it. Thanks for the help

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Community Expert ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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I suspect that most experienced users have Auto Select turned off.  You can the select the Move tool and Ctrl (Cmd) click with your cursor above an image element, and Photoshop will automatically select the appropriate layer

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Another useful trick is to right click with the cursor above anywhere inside the document window, and Photoshop will list all of the layers that have content at that locations

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These are the sort of real world Photoshop tips that can be used for every project, and that will speed up your workflow.

 

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