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1.2K Points

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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5 Messages

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102 Points

8 years ago

I agree with the above comment, that there has been no mention except for an acknowledgement of the problem a couple of months ago. An update (even if it was "still working on correcting it" would be nice. PS6 has so many really great improved features from previous Photoshop versions, it is a shame that it has this major problem when working with vector shape/layers.

22 Messages

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1.2K Points

8 years ago

Yes, any communication would be very appreciated!

If it makes any difference could be inspirational, i tried illustrating a suggestion for a helpful solution (in my world anyway :) ). Target assist would actually be the most awesome feature in the world, if implemented according to its uses. Normally, your eye-hand-screen coordination is trustworthy enough. But with very thin elements that are difficult to target, temporary target assist would make very much sense. So a simple solution could be for instance if you use the move tool and hold down Ctrl, target assist would kick in for when targeting those annoyingly thin or tiny elements.

11 Messages

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164 Points

8 years ago

Surely the more people that actively post here - the more likely this will get noted *hint hint*

I really wish our team hadn't got cs6 - the first ever suite upgrade I regret down to such a basic issue! (this and the memory issues!)

10 Messages

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182 Points

8 years ago

"I really wish our team hadn't got cs6 - the first ever suite upgrade I regret down to such a basic issue!"

Exactly how I feel except its me who is in charge of upgrading my team. Right now its just me using CS6 and I won't be upgrading the rest of the team until they fix this issue.

1 Message

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52 Points

8 years ago

Having this exact issue, very annoying. Running latest Photoshop version on mac os x 10.8.2.

Seems to happen most when I tab between different applications and come back to Photoshop. Get stuck with the hand when I actually want the default move tool.

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320 Points

8 years ago

Happy New Year! What would make it even happier would be an estimate time when this is likely to be fixed... This was raised 8 months ago and although 'acknowledged' worry that it's not actually 'in progress'... Would anyone at Adobe be able to give us any idea as to when this will be fixed? Some time estimate would be extremely appreciated.

Thanks!

11 Messages

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164 Points

8 years ago

The good people from adobe have our money and are actually still out celebrating the new year - you wont get a response from them....well ever as people continue to buy the defective product meaning they can continue to ignore our calls for help on their "community" forum.

I wonder what I could suggest as a new years resolution for adobe.

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62 Points

8 years ago

I second Billy Stagg's concerns - this is a serious hindrance to my design workflow. I shell out the bucks to stay current on Adobe products and it's unfortunate when the cost extends to lost productivity.

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160 Points

8 years ago

instead of auto-select I have changed my workflow to manual-direct selection (name?) - you may get carpal tunnel fomr the keystroke but it is:

ctrl+cmnd+option then click the item - it will select the exact layer your cursor is on.

You can also add +shift to select multiple layers. I love this ability- I use it CONSTANTLY.

I even have the bottom and top side-button set to these keystrokes on my wacom.

*Note you MUST be in the move-tool (V) for this to work.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

Does this have anything to do with the 9px selection buffer issue ("Un-Precise Targeting) brought out by the OP???

On a PC, I just hold CONTROL while left-clicking with the Move Tool to "toggle" Auto-Select on the fly, just like holding SPACE to pan on the fly.

22 Messages

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1.2K Points

8 years ago

Nice to see status change to
"IN PROGRESS" :)

Any possible news on how this is being implemented/fixed/designed Chris? Or even an eta.?

86 Messages

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1.1K Points

Yes, the fix is being implemented in the next major release. I mean, given that we've already payed for this piece of sh*tware, why would they bother fixing it sooner.

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110 Points

8 years ago

Now if you could just install an update without and error, that would be great.
Even if they fix this, will we be able to update photoshop? Probably not.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

[offtopic]
What are you talking about? Photoshop updates just fine. Are you not using 13.0.1?
[/offtopic]

6 Messages

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110 Points

Nope, I get an update error. Googled it and it's pretty common, solution from Adobe is to reinstall photoshop. Just got disc back from IT, so fingers crossed.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

Oy . . . lovely. Didn't know.

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96 Points

8 years ago

I haven't tried Justin Coombs's method but I think thats not the good solution, Adobe Photoshop team shоuld fix it for web and interface designers.

PS: Guys! If you are reading this, please write your feedbacks because if this message would be huge with their users and feedback Adobe I think will mention this issue, otherwise we would look like a barking dog and Adobe Photoshop Dev team pass through this issue.

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320 Points

8 years ago

Justin's suggestion is simply an alternate way of auto-selecting layers without checking the move tool's auto-select option. I think most users in this forum would already use the short cut over the enabling the option so it misses the point slightly as the problem would still persist with shape layers within 9px of one another but at least we now have an in-progress status.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

Correct. I think he misunderstood the OP's issue.

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70 Points

I agree with him, not only its not precise, in Photoshop cc even if you hide the layers and you start to select a range it would start selecting the hidden layers underneath and opens up all the folders. huge bug!

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70 Points

8 years ago

Did anyone get that latest CS6 update to install? Failed on a few machines I heard.

Adobe Administrator

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291.9K Points

May want to break out to a new thread and include the error you get with the failure. Thx.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

1 Message

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62 Points

8 years ago

Just updated to 13.0.3. No fix there. Bummer, I was really hoping.