Photoshop: Selecting multiple layers with "CMD" can be a real challenge sometimes.

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the behavior seems very random. sometimes it will let me select multiple layers at once, sometimes it won't.
and then when i selected a bunch of layers, moved them around in the canvas but realize that i need to select more layers, i hit cmd+z and try to select one more layer pressing cmd it will select ONLY that new layer and all others will be unselected.

(after i switched to safari to report this, it suddenly worked just fine. but it wasn't the first time i noticed the bug.)
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Stefan Ixenmaier

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David Tristram, Employee

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Hi Stefan,

Please follow up if the problem continues.  
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Stefan Ixenmaier

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maybe i wasn't clear: it does continue. i've had the same problem again and again after reporting it. it's just that sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.
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David Tristram, Employee

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Thanks, I'll see if we can reproduce the problem.  
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Are you selecting the layers on the canvas using the Move tool? or selecting in the Layers panel?
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David Tristram, Employee

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Multiple selection is working reliably for me selecting in the layers panel, but I am using the summer release (2015.0.1) on this machine.  
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David Tristram, Employee

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multi selection with the move tool requires holding down the command and shift keys.  I agree adding to and subtracting from the selected layers is a little tricky when clicking on the canvas with the move tool.  
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Stefan Ixenmaier

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I'm selecting in the layers panel and using the move tool to move selected layers in the canvas. I'm using the latest version, before this one everything was working fine.
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Stefan Ixenmaier

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tried to select specific layers from 2 separate layer-folders and it wouldn't let me...no matter how long i tried. switched to safari to write this post, switched back to photoshop and suddenly it works like nothing ever happened...