Photoshop: Layers Move After Releasing Mouse

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I'm not sure if this is a bug or a snapping feature I'm not aware of, but the I'm leaning towards the former because I've only started experiencing it since changing my computer and my OS (to Lion on a MackBook Air). Quite often, when moving a layer, it will move one or two pixels after I release the mouse button. I'm having to nudge the layer each time to put it back into place. I've never seen anything like this before, it's very frustrating. Any ideas what might be happening?
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Chris Cox

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In preferences, turn off Flick Panning.
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Thanks for the reply, that doesn't seem to have helped though. It has fixed another issue, the cursor constantly flickering, but I still some to have the original problem. I have noticed it is not just layers moving, it also happens when drawing a path.. its as if I suddenly have a really unsteady hand (I don't).
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A couple of question:

Do you have the latest Lion update? (10.7.3)

Did you restart Photoshop after changing the pref that that Chris suggested?
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Hi Jeffrey

Yes, I have the latest version (I updated as soon as it came out, in order to fix the brush size bug). Yes, I have tried restarting Photoshop.

A little more information; it seems that the movement is always up or left. Might be worth noting I am also using an external display (Thunderbolt).

Update: Turning off snapping makes no difference, and it appears to be happening with sliders too.. if I move a slider to '50', let go of the mouse button, it will move to '49'. Also, it's not my mouse, same thing happens with my graphics tablet.
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I don't know if this is related or a separate issue, but I also have a problem when dragging layers to reorder them; often the visual depiction of the layer is some distance away (varying amount) from the cursor.
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Any news on this?
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So far, we're not able to reproduce the issue. Are you using the track pad or an external mouse? If the later, does the track pad on the Air behave different? What type/brand of mouse?

I movie capture of the behavior might be helpful as well.
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External mouse, but it happens with track-pad also. The mouse is a Razer Pro (v1.6 I believe). I have recorded a video here http://screencast.com/t/9XqI7R3N Each time I move the layer, I wait a moment then release the mouse button. Hopefully this allows you to see what is happening.
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Hi Sam, What kind of layer are you dragging in this example? Is it a shape layer?Does this happen with all layers?
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Hi. Sorry for the delayed replay (I wasn't notified about your post).
I believe it was a shape layer, but it happens with all layers.
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Any luck? Was the movie helpful?
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Could you let me know if this problem is likely to get resolved? I need to know whether I have to start looking at alternative software.
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Except for the Flick Panning preference, nobody else is having this problem. It sounds like you have a plugin or something outside of Photoshop causing problems.
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Thanks for the reply Chris.
Other people are at least experiencing some of what I describe above, there is mention of the sliders moving in this thread http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...?
There must be a limited number of things that could be causing this, outside of Photoshop. I have no Photoshop plugins, and it is installed on a new computer. If it is something outside of Photoshop causing it, what sort of thing could that be?
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I really think this might be related to the issue I mentioned above. Both were improved when updating to CS6, and both have come back at the same time.
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Any news on this?
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Only what you see above. Either you have flick panning turned on, or something is wrong with your system/mouse that causes events to get lost.
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Hi Chris
Please see my above reply from a year ago.