I am wondering if there is an easy way of selecting the visible pixels from a layer group (with some sub-groups). I know I can select them individually or turn them into a smart object, but I want it to be quick and retain the editability of separate layers.
Select the move tool.(shortcut V) and then
You can either select the layer by pressing CTRL and clicking that particular layer.
You can check the auto select option available at the top menu. (tools option menu)