Photoshop CC: Move tool auto-select is selecting layers in hidden or locked groups

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Love the multiple path selection tool in Photoshop CC, but is there a way to *not* include invisible & locked layers?
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What do you mean by invisible layers? The vector selection tools should not select hidden layers, or any layers that are not returned by the current layer filter. If this is not working correctly, please let me know.

There isn't a way to exclude locked layers, unless you use the Attribute = Not Locked layer filter. You can also use isolation mode to specify which layers are selectable. Let me know if you need further help with using this.
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I'm having the same problem. Is this a bug that will be fixed, like today?
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Jeanne, I am receiving this as well. It's definitely a bug. I opened up cs6 beside it with the exact same file and it is not selecting my hidden/locked files. However, in CC it selects the layers I want, plus hidden layers behind it and locked layers (that are in range of my marquee in the 'move tool'.
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Likewise I'm having the same problem and it is not ok ... I hide or lock layers because I do not want to select them.
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Daydream Graphics

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This is happening to me too. Is there a fix yet?
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Daydream Graphics

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This bug has to be fixed. I cannot get any work done while the select tool is selecting everything EXCEPT the layer I want to work with. This is disasterous for my productivity and my business.
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Joel Laumans

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I am also waiting for a fix. This is terrible for my productivity.
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Daniel Specht

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Still not a fix for this?
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Oliver Lukman

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I think I asked the wrong question. I assumed it had something to do with the Multiple Path selection because it highlighted all the layer edges. You are correct, this does not apply to the vector selection tool.

I'm in Auto-select mode and using the Move Tool to drag a marquee around multiple layers. This selects *all* layers in the marque including locked and hidden layers.

This was not the behaviour in CS6, where I could lock a bunch of layers in the background, and work freely on the unlocked layers above them.
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I am having the exact same problem! When I drag and select multiple layers with the move tool, auto-select is selecting my hidden and locked layers. This was driving me nuts last night and I haven't been able to find any info on the problem. Glad I'm not the only one experiencing this.
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It looks like this is a known issue and we already have a bug logged. The problem happens when working with layer groups and the group is hidden or locked. Until this is fixed, the workaround is to hide or lock the layers themselves rather than the group.

You can lock multiple layers at once using the Layers panel. You can hide multiple layers by going to Layer > Hide Layers.

Hope that helps.
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"You can lock multiple layers at once using the Layers panel. You can hide multiple layers by going to Layer > Hide Layers. "

This just isn't viable when you have hundreds of layers contained within dozens of nested folders. This bug has caused my workflow to blow out to four times the amount of time it normally takes, and there's been zero response from Adobe about it. When will we see this critical problem resolved?
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I am experiencing this issue as well. I'll be fine using CS6 for the time being, but I hope this gets fixed soon :)
Thanks!
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Crap I just ran into this now that I'm trying to work entirely within CC. I'm really disappointed the Photoshop team didn't include me in the beta to help discover these issues. I keep finding more and more...
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Same problem around here using PS CC in Windows when working with layer groups locking. Locking them one by one is a temporary patch but I hope it'll get fixed since this kind of kills my whole workflow :/
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Not sure if this is a bug or a feature, but Auto-Select Layer now selects all layers—even layers that have been disabled (eye poked out). I went back to CS6 to check and it's definitely a Photoshop CC function/bug.

If layers have been turned off, I don't want to accidentally select and move them. Is this a bug or some other change someone thought would help? Please revert back.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Auto-Select Layer now selects disabled layers in Photoshop CC.
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Its really a big problem for me
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This is happening to me as well. it won't even highlight the selected hidden layers in the layers panel if the group they're in is collapsed.
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Should I mention also the Direct Path Tool ... it does the same thing, selects multiple points from all the shapes you go over (on other layers as well) ... I really can not believe these bugs ... especially these ones .... in a final release!
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Hi Alexandru,
I'm not sure if the direct path tool performance is a bug; I think it's been touted as a new feature that enables editing multiple paths at once—something some people have been asking for for awhile, though I can also see that it would be very frustrating if you are wanting to focus on one vector layer in a document containing many. I imagine this behavior can be disabled, and that it is unrelated to the topic of this thread, unless the direct path tool is also selecting paths/anchors on layers that are hidden.
Cheers,
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The hidden layer problem has been fixed. But not the locked group problem.
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Why did you change this behavior ???

whats the points ? who needs to select hidden / locked layers ?! this bug smashed a few projects of mine already...

too bad !
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I'm having this problem as well in Ps CC. The selection tool is selecting layers when they are in a group that is either hidden and/or locked. Huge pain. I'm eagerly waiting for a fix. Since it's CC I'm hoping that the fix comes down the line really soon. Thanks.
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This needs to be fixed asap this is slowly becoming a huge headache. I lock groups in order to select multiple objects without affecting the ones in those groups. This is really frustrating when working on UI with multiple states.
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It is impossible to work with ps. How come there is no bug fix for that long?
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop CC has been out less than a month. Fixing and testing takes time.
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Fixing and testing takes time, because the idea is that you don't release public versions with obvious major bugs like these. Yet you do. Let's see what bugs we have at the moment:

1. Basic selection features broken.
2. Character panel completely useless once text is transformed.

Who tested that before releasing it? This is not how fixing and testing is supposed to work.
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We have prerelease testers that do test these things, but sometimes bugs slip through - developers and testers are human, too.
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I really think they just don't give a crap .... I've tested CC on MAC OS X no problem .... on windows this huge bug is present .....
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Cory

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It's definitely Mac, too.
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Daydream Graphics

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+1 happening on a mac as I speak.
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Amanda Appiarius

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This is stupid ha my productivity has tanked. FIX THIS ASAP.
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Curious Read

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I can't believe this is still a bug that has gone unfixed. I mean really - professional software shouldn't have this kind of bug in a public release, let alone continue to be a bug this long
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I can't use the photoshop CC. The hidden and locked layers not selectible with auto-select, but layers in hidden or locked folders is selectible. It's really big problem
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Can we please have an update when this will be fixed. If a layer is hidden or locked the user obviously doesn't want to be manipulating it so it shouldn't be selected!
This has decreased the usability of photoshop SOOO MUCH and needs to be fixed ASAP!!

Please adobe reply with an expected fix time!
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We are a publicly traded company, we cannot announce many things like that.

But, as already stated, we are aware of the bug and working on a fix.
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Daydream Graphics

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Chris, we understand this but this is such a fundamental flaw that it warrants keeping us updated. I just deleted about 500+ layers in a web mockup by mistake because the select tool was picking up all hidden layers below it, and it's too late to get them back. Please keep us informed at least on how this progresses since it's so critical.
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Same problem. This coupled with the Vector Direct Selection tool update is making all the bug fixes from CS6 not worth it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
PHOTOSHOP CC: Problem with the move tool selecting hidden and locked layers.


When I drag and select multiple layers with the move tool, auto-select is selecting my hidden and locked layers. This is driving me nuts and I haven't been able to find any info on the problem.

This is a real problem and is slowing down my work flow!!! New grate products as they where presented by Adobe, should not have that kind of Problems!!!!

This should be fixed from day 1 !!!

Thinking of going back to Photoshop CS6 but i am a Creative Cloud Member and i am paying for CC to!!!

Adobe has to fix this since it is a problem for a lot of paying users!!!!
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I'm really thinking of asking for a full refund! I'm paying for something that is not working as I payed for it to !!!
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Daydream Graphics

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Please fix this problem asap. I can't continue work until it's fixed.