Photoshop 2015.1: Pressing Command-Key for accessing temporarily the "Move tool" doesn't work

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Hi everyone,
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.
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Dany Leclerc

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I had never realized before the update how much I was using this feature (hit and hold command to use the move tool temporarily) I do a lot of Compositing, this problem simply ruined my workflow. It has to be fixed and quick.
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Pressing command (control on Windows) to switch to the move tool still works just fine on my systems.

It sounds like you have auto-select turned on in the move tool (either due to a change you forgot making, or a preferences reset) now and didn't before.
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It's turned off, when I hit cmd it turns it on temporarly, weather I use the move tool or try to use the hit cmd to temporarly switch to the move tool. It's disruptive.
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Benedikt Zwölfer

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Good morning,
no, it seems only to work as long as you work with big simple layers (maybe your test document). I attached you a screenshot and I added a link to MY test document, which I have created for you.
I am working on a Mac and with a German version (which makes it even harder to explain failures in English).
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Yeah, this is kind of messed up. Pressing command switches tools, but also swaps the auto-select behavior.
We're working on a solution.
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And here the psd-file: http://wck.me/BXv
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This is totally irritiating! Using Photoshop for so many years and now my workflow is really screwed up. I always used command to access the move tool. Now when I do this, photoshop "jumps" to the parent group folder symbol and moves the eintire group on the screen instead of just the selected layer.

Very very irrritating!

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