PhotoshopCC 2018 when I have direct select tool and I am trying to drag layers

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PhotoshopCC 2018 when I have direct select tool and I am trying to drag layers I have selected it jumps to a different layer and drags that instead, so I am having to lock my other layer so it doesn't keep dragging the wrong one.  Super frustrating
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Cristen Gillespie

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> I have direct select tool and I am trying to drag layers I have selected it jumps to a different layer and drags that instead,>

Okay, I'm going to assume you mean the Move tool, since the Direct Selection tool is used to select anchor points and reshape vector shapes and paths. If my assumption is right and it is the Move tool, you can disable Auto select Layer/Group in the Options bar and then either right-click over your document and select the layer you wish to move, or you can target it in the Layers panel.

Some layers, such as an adjustment layer with a mask, when placed above the layers you want to select will always get selected instead of the layer you see.  Or a layer might have a shadow you're selecting over another object, and you don't see that. That's why either locking those layers down or disabling Auto Select will help.

I hope this will make it a little less frustrating, but even with other apps that let you drill down, you have to hold modifier keys and click to tell the app that nope, not this object, or the next one, but the one beneath that—so these are ways to instruct PS not to decide for you.  '-}
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"I'm going to assume you mean the Move tool" 

Wow, that's an incredibly ignorant reply. The original post is talking about the Direct Selection tool. Both the Path Selection tool and the Direct Selection tool automatically select any shape layer when you click on a point within the rendered area of that shape layer, regardless of what layer is already selected. This has been a consistent behavior present in Photoshop from at least CS4 through present, and I do not know if there is a way to turn it off. It is certainly undesirable and inconvenient that there is no toggle for this. And it's bizarre that you'd try to answer this question without even understanding the first thing about what's being described...
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Well, since both the Direct and Path selection tools won't drag any object whose layer is not already targeted so long as Active Layers is selected in the Options bar, I'm not sure what you're talking about. I can't click on a point within a rendered area of an untargeted Shape layer unless I select All Layers as my option to actively select any shape I click on in the document window.

So really, I don't see how the OP could possibly use the Direct Selection tool to click on a Shape in the document window, attempt to move it, but have it jump to another layer entirely. It simply does nothing at all OR it selects the path.  Not to mention that the Direct Selection tool would be an odd one to choose to move an object if that was the sole intention. To move the object, one selects the path, then has to select all the anchors so the entire path will move as one. I didn't think that fit the description from the OP, and still don't. The Path Selection tool will indeed select all of the path with one click to move it, but it won't target another layer entirely when you click on the object in the window.

It is, however, common, and frustrating, behavior when using the Move tool. Perhaps you didn't notice the behavior change since CS4 in Shape layers?

BTW, I didn't assume without asking the OP for correction if my assumption was wrong. I made clear I was assuming, not that I was closed to any suggestion that my assumption was incorrect. I either assumed correctly, or the OP never returned, but that we shall never know.

Given that the OP could not be seeing a selection of a shape jump to another layer, even with an adjustment layer on top, as well as through a mask on that adjustment layer, I think I was not entirely wrong to recognize that many people refer to the Move tool as the Direct Selection tool—coming from other applications as many do where it is named something very like (Selection, not Move is in the name), and to offer a solution were I correct in that assumption.