There are shortcuts for selecting the first and the last layer.
Alt + . → Top layer
Alt + , → Bottom layer
Photoshop default keyboard shortcuts
There's also a shortcut for selecting the next layer above and below:
Alt + [ and
Alt + ].
Additionally, there are ways to select layers from the document, which I'm a big fan of. Just point at a layer in the document and click... Especially handy if you're terrible at organizing layers in the layers panel by grouping and naming. Though you probably won't have that issue with just <10 layers.
Move tool has this option called
- When this setting is on, you can
Left click layers or groups depending on the selection in the dropdown that follows it.
- You can also then
click + drag to select multiple layers.
- Locked layers are ignored.
- There's also the
Right click context menu way of selection layers
- You can toggle the
Auto-select option by holding down
Ctrl (I usually turn the setting off and enable it with Ctrl when needed)
Shift modifier with this method allows you to add/remove layers from the selection. So with the auto-select off, the modifier key combination would be:
Ctrl + Shift + Left Click
The method I use the most is
Ctrl + Alt + Right click:
- This works similar to the move tool methods, but there are a few differences.
- You don't have to have a specific tool selected to use this. That said I believe there are some tools that won't let you use it, if I'm remembering that correctly.
- This method will select locked layers
- Doesn't select groups
- No context menu option
- No click and drag
Shift modifier with this method allows you to add/remove layers from the selection:
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Right click
Ctrl modifiers with
Cmd on Mac.