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Mon, Jul 27, 2020 4:20 PM

Clicking on a layer and Photoshop shows you the layer content on screen without manual scrolling or zooming out

Wouldn't it be nice if you could click on a layer (when having a lot of them) and Photoshop takes you to the layer on the canvas? This would be magical as I sometimes have hundreds of layers and am zoomed into a particular section of my canvas. I know what my layer is called, I click on it in the layers palette and Photoshop scrolls to it and centers it on screen, without me having to manually search by zooming out or scrolling. We've all had this problem, surely. Is there a technique you use/plugin/script that does it?

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2 months ago

Howdy Ves,
Are you familiar with the Auto-Select function of the Selection tool (V)?  By default, it auto-targets whatever layer you click on.  Not exactly the same thing, but at least you always get the right layer.  If you want to select the contents of a layer, CMD/CTRL+click on it in the Layers Panel.
Hope that helps,
David

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Howdy David,
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I am always using the auto select option. What command and option clicking on a layer doesn't do is take me to that layer on screen. Let's say I have 50 layers and a very long canvas, where neither the layers or canvas fit my screen and I'm zoomed in on a section at the bottom of my canvas. I want to check something in another layer that is at the top of the canvas. I know the layer name, so I select it by scrolling up in the layers palette. I now have the layer selected but I'm still at the bottom of my canvas, I have nothing helping me to view the selected layer from the top of the canvas. I wanted to know if there was a way to click and go to it, view it. Essentially a click-and-go command.

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Whoops, Geoff has a solution! I am unfortunately using Photoshop 2019, this feature is already built in to version 2020. Thanks for your reply.

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Howdy Ves,
Geoff's solution has been around for many, many years.  It'll work in 2019, 2020, heck, it'll work in CS1 or even older versions.  If viewing just a single layer from your layer stack is your goal, Geoff's answer is your solution.  Are you saying it's not working in your version?  What happens when you try it?
Thanks,David

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Hi David, I was looking for the click and go to command, which the new command in 2020 does, although I must say there should be a "keep zoom" option as is and not uniformly make it fit the whole screen. I've been using the other shortcuts for years, too.
Thanks for replying,
Vesa

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2 months ago

Ves, Is what you describe not the same as View/Fit Layer(s) on Screen? You can assign this to a key function that uses the opposite hand to your mouse/pen so is very quick to select a layer and zoom in.

Geoff

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2 months ago

Ves, I've just seen a post on the Related Conversations sidebar (Andrew Crocker's post) which gives a solution that I wasn't aware of. Just Alt/click on the layer's icon to zoom to that layer's contents.

Geoff

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I am unfortunately using Photoshop 2019, this feature is already built in to version 2020. Thanks for your reply. It is really appreaciated.

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Howdy Geoff,

ALT+clicking on a layer only hides the other layers in the document.  It doesn't necessarily zoom in or center content on your screen.  Also, as a word of advice from the shortcut QE (me), if you start changing the visibility of other layers after ALT-clicking, ALT-clicking again will NOT make everything visible again.


Hope that helps (and heads off questions!),
David

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David, Alt-clicking on the 'eye' icon will do as you describe but alt-clicking on any other part of the layer icon or name will zoom into that layer's content.
Geoff

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Thanks for replying Geoff, we got it cleared!

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Yeah, Geoff, you are correct, but that feature isn't in the 2019 version that Ves is running.  It was introduced more recently.  I think your solution of click on the eyeball covered it though!

Thanks!David