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Mon, May 21, 2012 9:47 AM

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Photoshop CS6: Move tool targeting imprecise

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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195.8K Points

9 years ago

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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off-topic:
Chris, first of all, thank you for your response. Despite having seen some users unduely lashing out at you in the face of frustration, you continue to create a bridge between users and Adobe both here on Photoshop.com and also the user Adobe Forums. I seriously applaud you for that. Please keep it up. Because you're actually involved in the dev of Photoshop, the insight you offer is very valuable. I often find your posts enlightening.

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on-topic:
Chris, "The layer auto select works right under the cursor. "

-- Yes, but only when attempting to select non-vector layers. When trying to select vector layers, the top-most vector layer is selected if you click within 9px (Thank you Jason R. - post #9) of it! This means that anything less than 9px away from that top-most vector layer is NOT selectable with the Move Tool . . . unless you zoom in, in order to circumvent the 9px "selection helper" buffer. This means the 9px buffer is screen pixels, not document pixels.

Chris, sit down and design a detailed pixel-perfect user interface in PS CS6 (like we do) and tell me you don't want to donkey punch your LCD after a few minutes of just trying to simply get around your PSD to make needed edits, etc.

User interface-related quirks hit very close to home. The frustration they wreak is very damaging to user morale.

Please, please put in a good word for us with your team/superiors and see if you can't render a solution to this unnecessary frustration.

(Needless to say, there are MANY good things to be happy about in PS CS6, but this particular issue is so fundamental it seems to overshadow other good "improvements".)

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9 years ago

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

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

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

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90 Points

9 years ago

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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9 years ago

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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8 years ago

Is there no way to turn this off?

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72 Points

8 years ago

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

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82 Points

8 years ago

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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62 Points

8 years ago

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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758 Points

8 years ago

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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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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758 Points

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

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106 Points

8 years ago

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

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64 Points

8 years ago

same problem

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104 Points

8 years ago

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

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790 Points

8 years ago

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

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8 years ago

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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790 Points

8 years ago

We should start a hunger strike or something.