Photoshop: Improvements to Layer Auto-select

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The new layer panel options offer a great way to find layers in the panel. But there's something which already exists in Photoshop, which has been there for many years, which could be improved hugely .. what I hear you ask ?.. I'll tell you what Auto select! that's what.

When working quickly on manual retouching, you don't to trawl through the layers panel to find what you want to edit. You just want to click on whatever is in the image window, and you're there.

So what's wrong at present? Auto-select will highlight the topmost adjustment layer with a layer mask with any content . So in highly complex files (mine and most other peoples), it makes auto-select useless.

There should be an "ignore adjustment layers when auto-selecting" option. Meaning that clicking within the image will always take you to whatever pixel or content layer is immediately beneath the cursor.

There should probably also be a definable shortcut, which will auto-select regardless of what tool you are using. At the moment holding down the V key and the command key will do this, but it's so tortuous a shortcut. It would be nice to assign a single key to this function, this would be a huge bonus.

This could also be integrated into the new the layers panel, where you can display layers by “Kind". If pixel layers are selected in the panel, then auto-select takes you to only pixel layers. Just an idea.

If anyone has any current solution to this, let me know.
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Mark Reynolds

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