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[Photoshop] How do I stop clicking "through" layers?

Okay, here’s my problem. I’m in Photoshop, and I click to drag a text layer. Photoshop, in its infinite wisdom, seems to think I want to drag the layer underneath the text… the only way I can get it to work is if I verrryy careffullly click on an actual letter of the text.

I have a dim recollection that this is a ‘feature’; that I can tell it not to click ‘through’ layers like this. Am I right? If so, can anyone tell me how to change this setting?

by Shinji Kuwayama at 2004-12-09 21:14:19 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

are u like option clicking or something? photoshop should stay on the layer that you have selected (the layer you’re on) unless you’re option clicking to try to select a different layer. the other neat trick is that if you right click on layers it’ll give you a little pull down so you can select a layer by name rather than by guessing. though if you’re just click clicking then i dunno what’s going on.

by Eugene Kuo | 09 Dec 2004 21:12 | | Report spam→
No, I’m totally not option-clicking! What you described is what I wish was happening. Feh.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 10 Dec 2004 00:12 | | Report spam→
My quick workaround to something like this is to open the layers pallete (if it’s not open), and “lock” the other layers which you don’t want to affect by clicking in the little locking box next to the layer name.

When you’re done, unlock. A pain, I know, but that’s the way I handle it.

by [unverified member] | 10 Dec 2004 08:12 | | Report spam→
it is a pain.

in imageready, if you use point text (as opposed to paragraph text, or column text boxes) it is very easy – but – Imageready has it’s drawbacks:

// 72dpi only
// can’t print directly from IR
// No CMYK option
// slower

My PS workaround is to right click (option click on mac) and chose the layer that way. this way at least I don’t have to move all the way to the layer palette.

by [unverified member] | 10 Dec 2004 12:12 | | Report spam→
Ok, glad to hear it’s not just me, anyway. Retsu, that seems like an excellent trick — I’ll try that!

Matt, you like Imageready? I’ve never spent the time to figure it out; what advantages does it have over Photoshop?

by Shinji Kuwayama | 10 Dec 2004 15:12 | | Report spam→
I’m sure Matt will have more of an expert’s take on this one. One of the main uses I learned for Imageready involves the slicing tool. For a beginner , it’s useful for putting a picture on a web page that has various clickable sections to it. it’s useful for making a single image with numerous sections which can be made into clickable links.

You take an image, and slice square/rectangular sections of it. Then, you can save all these parts of your whole image (quickly and efficiently), along with an html page if you so choose. When you open the HTML page it opens with your (sliced) images placed in it — the image looks whole to the viewer. Then, you can edit the HTML of the page to turn certain slices into hot links.

But this is coming from someone who only has worked with a version of this program which is close to 5 years old. Maybe the newer versions are much cooler. And maybe these functions are built in to the more recent versions of Photoshop.

by [unverified member] | 10 Dec 2004 22:12 | | Report spam→
Ah, very interesting. Yes, the “slicing” tool is built-in to Photoshop CS, and I agree, it’s quite useful.

I think I like the way Imageready handles shapes; I have to admit, the “tab” shape is damn handy. In general, though, I don’t quite get why they had to make two separate apps — especially since they always seem to be bundled? One for the ages I guess.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 11 Dec 2004 00:12 | | Report spam→
Hi, when you select the move tool make sure the “Auto Select Layer” option at the top left of the screen is disabled. If it is the layer that you are currently using should remain active regardless of where you click in the image.

by Michael Murray | 16 Dec 2004 11:12 | | Report spam→
Hi –
I’m using CS on OSX, so I don’t know if other versions have this feature:
I generally use the move tool (the pointer arrow with the +arrows next to it) to move layers.
I can either select the layer I want to work on in the layers palate,
or select the “auto layers button” in the options toolbar to let photoshop automatically select the layer for me. 99% of the time the auto layers button works well.
If the layer is ‘behind’ another one, this doesn’t work so well though.
Hope this helps.

by Eric | 16 Dec 2004 12:12 | | Report spam→

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