0

I am using Photoshop CS5 to work with an image that will be composed of about forty separate pieces that I want to be able to move and rotate independently, something like a jigsaw puzzle.

I don't believe I can have more than one selection per layer, so I am expecting to have one layer per piece.

Is there a way that the move tool can operate on whichever selection is under the mouse pointer instead of having to switch between layers or control-clicking the selection? I really want it to behave as if all the selections are on a single layer, but with their own z-order

  • I'm not entirely sure I understand the end-goal. You say rotate/move independently but then want to move whatever is under the mouse. Which is it? Would making a Folder on your layers and putting them all in there do what you're after? – Ryan Jun 18 '14 at 17:53
  • 1
    I believe the poster is asking if the courser can work like Illustrator. I cant answer, i don't know. – Daniel Jun 18 '14 at 18:52
  • @Ryan: Do you mean a layer group? I tried that, but it loses the ability to move each selection independently. As I said, I want it as though I just had a number of selections that I could work on independently but all on the same layer. At present it's like working on a forty-piece jigsaw with a sheet of glass between each piece – Borodin Jun 18 '14 at 18:54
  • @Daniel: You may be right but I don't know as I have no experience with Illustrator – Borodin Jun 18 '14 at 18:55
0

I think Daniel is correct in your functionality once he mentioned that. The closest I believe you'll get is using Folders to contain all of your "pieces." If you're not aware you can then Right Click and any object directly under the mouse appears in a drop down. You could quickly select the Group / Folder Name or quickly select one of the singular items within it. Notice Rectangle 1 (the red one) isn't on the drop down, because my cursor is not on top of it. Sorry not using Screencap software but I right-clicked directly left of where the Group 1 appeared:

enter image description here

I can't think of any more efficient way within Photoshop to do what you're looking for.

  • Okay that's great, thank you. I was coming round to thinking that what I want isn't possible. I've never heard them called folders before so I wasn't sure what you meant. It does help to know that you can right-click anywhere and see a list of everything under the cursor - the fastest way I knew to switch layers is to control-click somewhere. – Borodin Jun 18 '14 at 19:10
  • @Borodin Glad that will work for you. The icon is a Folder so I'm just in the probably bad habit of calling them that. – Ryan Jun 18 '14 at 19:19
  • Or maybe I'll treat myself to a copy of Illustrator! Thanks for your time – Borodin Jun 18 '14 at 20:34

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.