How To Turn on and Off the Photoshop Layer Auto-Select

In Photoshop, layer auto-select can be extremely useful when you want to use it. However, if you do not know how to turn it on or off, it could become confusing.

Step 1 - Auto-select on

Let us say you have several different layers that are hard to keep track of in your layer menu. There is a short cut around searching the long list for the right layer.  Select your move tool.  Now look in the options bar. There should be a box called "Auto-Select". Check it to turn it on. Now you can click on the part of the image that you want to move. Photoshop will guess which layer you are trying to grab and automatically select that layer.

Step 2 - Auto-select off

With auto-select on, you could frustrate yourself if Photoshop keeps selecting the wrong layer. So go back to the "Auto-Select" box and un-check it. Now you are fully manual again and you have to scroll through your layers to find the one that you want. Though the auto-select is handy, it is not always accurate or appropriate.

The Photoshop layer auto-select is a great short cut to have at your disposal. Turning it on and off is simple enough that you can easily switch back and forth.

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