Photoshop: Clipping mask not the layer I want to select

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Hi everyone,

I've recently run in to an issue in my psds.

Working in a file with loads of layers, I tend to use a lot of clipping masks, however, now when I try to click select on my canvas in order to select that layer, the only layer it will select is the highest clipping mask in my psd rather than the layer I want it to select.

I can't figure out why. It never did this before. I have recently reinstalled PS2018, and thought maybe there was a setting I was missing, but I can't see anything.

It's frustrating because in order to select any layer, I have to disable the clipping mask, and when I'm working in a file with loads of layers and clip masks it's a pain!

What am I missing?

Thanks in advance!

Ps: I've recently been exporting a lot of psds from Illustrator, so could it be something to do with that?!

Pps: something else that may be of help to know is that it's always clipping masks that fill colours. Sometimes if I want to change the colour of something, rather than locking the layers transparency and changing it's colour that way, I'll put a clip mask above it of whatever colour I want it to be (so the whole layer is a colour, but clipped to below if that makes sense?) still, never had this issue before so... lost!
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Posted 8 months ago

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Jaroslav Bereza

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You have to right click on layer and select layer in context menu. With shift key you can add layer to currently selected layers.
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Drewvis

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Unfortunately that's not what I want. Before, if I clicked on anything on the artboard, it would select/jump to that layer in my layers list. Now it only goes to the highest clipping mask in my list of layers, as if the clipping mask is an entire layer, when really it should be clipped to whatever is below it.
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Drewvis

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The only workaround is to lock the clipping mask layer as I go. It's only doing it on full masks, i.e. when I fill the entire layer with a colour.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm not seeing what you're seeing or I'm not set up as you are. A screenshot might help.

If I clip a solid color layer (all pixels) to an element on an otherwise transparent layer, then the color is restricted to that object and I can click on any other to select it. If I do the same with a Color Fill layer, I get the same results. I can click anywhere outside that object and the other layers are selected.

So I'd need to see your layers panel with an explanation of what you're trying to click on that can't be selected because it's beneath a layer that's clipped to an element in the document. It's the same in 2017 as in 2018, which rules out the app on a Mac with El Capitan, anyway.

Have you tried trashing Prefs to see if all works as expected again? If that doesn't fix anything, then letting us see what's happening and telling us about your system might point us in the right direction.
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Drewvis

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Thanks! What you described there is exactly how it should be, and was for me too, but not any more... I've posted a screenshot below, not sure if it helps/shows what I mean, but exactly what you said above is what's no longer happening!
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Drewvis

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OOooookaaay. So I think it must be caused by some weird anomaly when working in psds that were exported from Illustrator.

I just set up a new file in PS, and everything works as expected... any Adobe peeps able to flag this as a bug or look in to it please?
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You may be hitting this: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/wrong-selection-when-there-is-a-hidden-layer-in-clipping-mask Which will be fixed in an update that will be out very soon.
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Drewvis

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Thanks - I'm not sure it's the same thing though, I tried the file in 2017 and still had the same issue, but when I tried a fresh file it works as expected. It only seems to happen on psds exported from illustrator.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Could you post a file that consistently reproduces the issue? (Use Creative Cloud or dropbox and post a URL to the file here)