Is it possible to use the color range selection tool for a single layer? Right now it samples colors from all the layers to make the selection, so to select a color range in a specific layer, I have to make all the other layers invisible and then use the color range tool, which is really annoying. Any shortcuts?

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    I just usually press a few random buttons and tool selection keys to see what happens – user24192 May 25 '14 at 10:36

Not a solution, but a workaround: you can make a single layer (or group) visible and hide all other layers by Alt-clicking the 'eye' in the layers palette. Make your selection. If you don't manually change any layer visibility, Photoshop will remember the visibility settings from before your Alt-click and restore them if you Alt-click on the visible layer's eye again.

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Simply select the layer that you want to select the color, ctrl (cmd) + click on layer (or right click and "Select pixels") and go to Select > Color range; and you will only select the colors on one layer.

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  • hmm neat. This won't really work for semi-transparent layers, but for most cases I guess it does the trick – woojoo666 Oct 13 '17 at 4:52

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