Indicate selected

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Maybe I'm missing something, but I find that it would be incredibly useful if there was a visual indication of what has been selected in the working window in Photoshop. Similar to how it works in Illustrator where multiple objects are highlighted when selected. 
Having to check what layers are highlighted in the layer panel is a total killer to a workflow as one has to conceptualise the relationship between pixels on the screens and corresponding labels in the layer panel. 
Maybe it's something that can be found somewhere in preferences, but I feel like this should be a default option. I ever intend to use Photoshop only occasionally and it pains me having to always re-learn basics which in other programs follows intuitive design principles. 
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Rado Zezulak

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Sascha Hein

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Photoshop is not Object-Based like Illustrator, Therefore it is hardly possible to show "only selected" things. You can select Forms or Text or just a few Pixels, all that is shown, with Textboxes, Ankerpoints or the "marching Ants" around a selection.

But at least, there is a possibility in the Layer-Panel to Filter only selected Layer and there is also a switch to turn the filter on and off.

I've created two Screenshots to show what i'm talking about. 

Hope, this will help.

Greetings

Sascha



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Some tools allow you extra visible info. If you select the Move Tool for example, then it would indeed be nice to see what you have selected so what you are going to move. You can do that by clicking the 'Show Transform Controls' checkbox in the toolbar.