Photoshop: Lasso Tool: Select Multile Objects on Different Layers

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This is something that would really be helpful. The ability to select objects inside your lasso tool selection that are on multiple layers. You could select the layers you want and photoshop could move and manipulate the objects inside your selection that are on those layers.

Why would this useful. Well at work I have alot of elements composed together to create a single portion of the image. It would great to be able to edit these pieces as a whole without having to flatten the image or dissect each element into its on layer.

I know people I work with wanted this ability to and I hope others out there might feel its useful for their work flow as well. Thanks for listening.
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This may be useful, but it could be tricky to implement. There would need to be a clear visual 'marker' as to what has been selected on each layer.

At the moment, I'd duplicate/merge the layers that I want to extract something from, and go from there.

It's an interesting idea though.
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I was performing a search for this very feature. I guess its not available.
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Corey

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Yeah you just select which layers you would like part of the selection.
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Additionally a keyboard modifier that would select the layers underneath a lasso selection. I do not mean making a selection over many layers but to simply select a grouping of layers based on a lassoing.
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I agree with this request. As I was searching for it, I only found this thread, so therefor my comment...
I see it's 4 years ago and there still is nothing to do this.

I am working as a digital matte painter (mostly creating large format pictures, partially starting from photographs) and since I need to use a LOT of pictures and sort threw them within my file, the one great feature I am missing for my work is the one asked for above:

A selection tool, like it already exists in AI, which can select multiple layers at once.

So like for example in AI, if you created a lot of path, you can select them with the lasso tool all at once, while they are on different layers.
So the same function/tool just for PS. So that you can easily select the different layers after sorting and put them in one folder (for example).

An official response to this suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Selecting all objects in different layers using lasso is a must option without selecting all layers, as its time waste to select all layers first then lasso the selection. Many times need to select multiple objects on different layers.  How wonderful it would be to just make a lasso selection around all objects in different layers and just do what you want to do with them. May be holding down a few key combination to do so would be a gr8 option to have in Photoshop or Illustrator. Would make life so easy.
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Merging the layers is what I've done then the objects aren't on separate layers.
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Corey

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Sometimes that's not an option when you need to perserve layers.