Move tool not working, creating a select marquee

New Here ,
Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Hi all, I have an issue with using the move tool. Every time I try to use it, it just creates a 'select' marquee (see picture below). I thought it was a tablet issue but it's also doing it with just using my trackpad or other mouse.

 

I have recently updated to PS 2020 version, although the issue was present before the update in 2019 version. Have also recently had some Windows updates, so perhaps something to do with that?

 

Tried a few different things but nothing seems to work... Any ideas??

 

Thanks!

 

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Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Hi

Looks to me like you're not selecting any pixels

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Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Hi Ged, thanks for the reply! So it looks like you're right as I can zoom right in and the move tool works okay when I make sure the first pixel I click on is on content. However, this is different to how it would work before - the move tool used to let me move a layer even when I clicked on an 'alpha' pixel? Could this be a toggled setting or something I may have accidentally clicked? At least it's not an intrinsic bug or something!

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Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Hm I noticed I had auto-select turned on. I've now turned it off, but the move tool is now still not moving anything at all, despite selecting a layer in the Layers panel...?

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Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Just tested with Photoshop 2020 and it's working fine for me with Auto Select disabled, I can move with the move tool anywhere on the canvas

Try resetting the Tools

2019-11-08 16_48_25-Window.png

If that doesn't help try resetting PS preferences

2019-11-08 16_48_40-Window.png

 

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Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Done both and neither have solved the issue I'm afraid...?

 

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Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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One more update! I can move the content in the layer by selecting with a marquee or ctrl+a - but I shouldn't have to!?

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2019 Nov 10, 2019

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Hi Ged,

 

This is getting beyond frustrating, I can't figure out anything that might be causing this!

 

I have tried CC19 and CC20, auto-select on or off, resetting tools/presets/preferences, unchecking graphics processor in preformance preferences as I saw suggested elsewhere, different PSD files, resetting computer multiple times, changing Wacom preferences (although this issue is not unique to using tablet), everything I can think of.

 

The problem persists, unable to move the layer. It is not locked, and all other tools seem to be behaving.

 

I can move selections and I can move the layer if I ctrl+t and go into transform, just not when the move tool is selected as usual.

 

I'm really struggling and need this solved asap!

 

Thanks,

Adam

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Nov 10, 2019 Nov 10, 2019

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Is your Ctrl key stuck ? That is the expected behaviour with a Ctrl key held down

 

Dave

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May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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Nope. Fricken' move tool is pooched in new version on PC. 
And the scale/shift reversal thing is just ANNOYING AS HELL. WTF were they thinking?

So now I can't shift/alt/drag: dupe an object/layer whatever any more either. Another no brainer down the drain.

I almost prefer GIMP now.

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May 02, 2020 May 02, 2020

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"............move tool is pooched in new version on PC. "

Works fine here with v21.1.2 on Windows 10

 

"And the scale/shift reversal thing is just ANNOYING AS HELL".

So change it back with Preferences > General >Use Legacy Free transform

 

"So now I can't shift/alt/drag: dupe an object/layer whatever any more either"

I can here, just make sure you hover over the object and see the double arrow cursor

 

Dave

 

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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I have the same issue. I cannot figure it out.

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