There's already a post similar to this, which describes there is no built in shortcut to deselect multiple layers, but I can clarify my problem a bit.

control + click will select a layer in Photoshop. control + shift + click will select multiple layers.

However, after i've selected multiple layers, if I try control + click again on a single layer, it won't deselect those multiple layers and only select the one layer.

Is there some way around this, such as by deselecting a layer with some key combination, or something? I don't want to resort to custom keyboard shortcuts. I want to have a fast workflow using Photoshop on anyone's desk.

  • So let me get this straight... You have found a solution, but you don't want to "resort to custom keyboard shortcuts", so that doesn't work for you? Alright… Secondly, if you can select with ctrl+click but you can't deselect with it, then something is wrong with your photoshop. – Joonas Nov 26 '14 at 8:08

I'm not sure if i got your question right, but using command+click (which is equivalent to ctrl+click on windows) it will deselect that one layer, but only if he's been selected before. You can deselect multiple layers by using shift+click but it will deselect every single layer from that layer on, you can't draw an area - as far as i know.


... Deselect those multiple layers and only select the one layer

If you only want to select one layer:

  • Click on the layer

  • Good times commence

  • Only one layer is selected

  • Woohoo


In all seriousness though...

Am I missing something here?


Ctrl + click in the document window and outside the canvas area with the move tool. This will deselect all the layers.

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