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I'm sorry if this is a common question, but I can't find the answer anywhere. It's very important to me that I should be able to move a layer and have all of the sublayers/sub-objects move with it, even those that are hidden. I can't figure out how to do it, and it's a huge productivity hit for me.

For example, let's say I use Illustrator for a storyboard. That means I will, for example, have a layer with a bunch of different character poses, only one of which will be visible at a time. Example: this is my Bob layer, with Bob angry visible. Bob sleeping, Bob walking, Bob laughing are all hidden. If I want to make Bob sleep on the other side of the scene, I want to select the Bob layer, move it, and change which version of Bob is visible. However, when I move the layer, all of the hidden Bobs are left behind. I have to make all the Bobs visible, move the layer, then hide them all and choose the one I want.

This may seem trivial, but it's a constant problem for me, as many of my layers have very complex interlocking parts. I understand disallowing the selection of locked layers -- that's what locked means. But I want to move hidden objects literally all the time. It seems like there should be a simple way to do this -- it's default behavior in Photoshop. I just can't find it anywhere. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance!

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    I don't understand. Objects move when selected regardless of their visibility. The issue you are facing may be due to how you are selecting things in order to move them. – Scott Feb 20 at 19:56
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    Maybe you are unaware of the fact that highlighting objects in the layers panel does not select them, just activate the layer. You need to use the round dot for selection. – joojaa Feb 20 at 20:03
  • The problem is that I can't select the hidden objects when I select their parent layer. When I click on the round dot next to the parent layer, only the visible sublayers and subobjects are selected. – Vicki Smith Feb 20 at 20:20
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    Just Option/Alt-Click the circle on the right of the layer in the layer's panel. That's all that's needed. My gif above shows just that being used. I think that modifier is what you've been missing. Option/Alt is a pseudo "select all regardless of visibility" shortcut. – Scott Feb 20 at 20:35
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    Wait I just tested in CC2017.. Option/Alt doesn't matter. If you click the dot.. all contents get selected, regardless of visibility. So, unless they broke it in CC2018, there's something else afoot. When you move things, are you clicking an object on the artboard and dragging? When you click the dot do all the objects/groups then gain the "selected" square next to the dot at the right in the Layers Panel? – Scott Feb 20 at 20:45

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