This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Photoshop CC 2015.1: The Cmd key selection is totally messed up.
there is a very important and intuitive functionality in Photoshop, which got now damaged.
You should know: As soon as you press the Command-Key you will get the move tool (regardless which OTHER tool you are using like stamp/selection e.g.). And as soon as you release the command key again you return back to the other tool before.
This is how it worked BEFORE the latest photoshop release a few days ago:
This "temporarily" move tool worked and behaved exactly as the "original" move tool.
And if you were holding instead Ctrl-alt-Comand you got automatically an selection (activation) of the top visible layer.
This is very important in layout processes, because you can quickly select (with "ctrl-alt-cmd") the visible layer without going through the (often complex) layer panel and move the selcted layer to any new position (just by releasing "Ctr-alt" und keeping holding "command"). It even gave you the possibility to work quickly "blind" without any control view at the layer panel.
NOW AFTER the latest photoshop release the automatical selection is nearly always active and behaves unpredictable. You need to take care, to be over the pixels of the layer. And it behaves unpredictable with nested groups, layer masks and layers.
I tried to change all possible settings of the move tool to bring it back to the old functionality, but it hasn't worked.
The INCONVENIENT result is, that you have to choose like a beginner the "real" move tool ("v"), if you want to move layers without changing the selection/activation, and returning back afterwards to the tool you were using before.
In a nutshell: The intuitive functionality is destroyed.
I know this is a knowledge of professionals and not important to beginners or casual photoshop users, but it is sad, that newer developements don't take care on old achievements.
Some years ago the quick selection (holding CTRL-ALT-CMD) was still a lot better: It even ignored any layer masks or adjustment layers. This was the best way for this tool: Because you want only select visible elements (consisting of pixels) in such a work flow – and not invisible elements like adjustment layers (which often cover the whole canvas, so it doesn't make sense to move them) or layer masks.