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Hi :) Does anyone know if there is a way to select individual layers on a canvas in Photoshop without having to select it in the layer window first?

I know I've done it before but I can't remember if it was in illustrator.

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Crisis averted. I figured it out. It was the auto select option. :) –  Diamond_Eyes Mar 6 '13 at 15:12
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press v (shortcut for selection tool) right click the shape or paint or subject on the particular layer you are after and then select the layers name - that layer will now be active (this becomes more difficult with overlay layers but as long as you have named layers correctly you should be able to figure it out)

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In the move tool, just right click on any pixel in the canvas and select the layer from the pop-up context menu.

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Hold down the command and the control keys then click on the item. A menu of all the layers beneath your click will appear. Scroll to select the layer you are after.

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  1. Switch to Move tool - shortcut " V "
  2. Right-click and select the layer from the list.
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Hi Alex, welcome to GD.SE! This answer is almost the same one that MephistonX suggested, but feel free to take a look at similar questions on the site, if you are curious and willing there are some unanswered ones you might have a solution for! –  Yisela Mar 7 '13 at 3:57
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Hold down the the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) key then click on the object.

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Note: This only works if the Move Tool has been set to "auto-select". Select the Move Tool and verify the settings in the Control bar across the top of the screen. –  Scott Mar 7 '13 at 20:13
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