How do I switch, using a keyboard shortcut, from selecting a grouped layer to selecting the layers grouped individually?
You can use the layer navigation shortcuts.
Option/Alt+[ = highlight next layer/group below
Option/Alt+] = highlight next layer/group above
If the highlight lands on a group, then it's the group.
There's no shortcut I'm aware of to "jump" between or to the next/previous group. And there's no shortcut to toggle the
Auto-select option of the Move Tool.
I have a workaround for that...
I usually have
Move tool set to select
auto-select enabled. I do disable
auto-select sometimes because with the move tool active, you can temporarily toggle
auto-select by holding down
Cmd, which is sometimes better when using the move tool directly.
Cmd+Alt+Right Click to select layers in the document. This works with any tool that can toggle to
Move tool when pressing
Cmd (+Move tool itself). In Windows, you use
Ctrl instead of
Cmd. Otherwise, it's the same. This method is not tied to the
Move tool settings and will always select layers no matter what.
...and if I want to select folders, I
Cmd+Left Click. This works assuming
Auto-select is enabled in the
Move tool settings. Or if I happen to be using the
Move tool, I simply
Cmd+Alt+Right Click method has one quirk that can be annoying or awesome depending on the situation. It selects locked layers, whereas the
I also want to mention that I often use the
Cmd+Alt+Right Click method and the script mentioned here to get its immediate parent.
Very often it's more useful than the
Move tool group selection method. Let's say you have this layer structure:
Move tool group selection will always give you
Group 1, which basically makes it useless if you'd rather select
Group 2 or
A second workaround could be creating two tool presets. One for selecting layers and one for selecting groups. You could then make two Actions for triggering each tool preset. You should give both Actions shortcut keys.
You should disable
Current tool only in the Tool Presets dropdown that in the left side of the toolbar. This way the actions can be triggered with other tools active. This would be kind of annoying because then you have all tool presets visible in this list at all times. Not so annoying if you don't use it regularly. If you don't do that, you can only use these Actions when
Move tool is active.
You wouldn't need to disable
Current tool only if you could record the activation of
Move tool into an Action, but you can't... You could get around that by using a script, because actions can trigger scripts. Then again you could script the whole process: Select Move tool, Select Preset X. Upside with scripts would be that you have more freedom with the type of Shortcut you want to set.
Using a tablet pressure:
We can use control + option + click on a Mac, while the Group is active using the Move tool to select a Layer, inside or outside the group either.
Using a mouse:
option + right click.
I'm not sure about Windows.