So I just started Photoshop and I'm using the pink lined smart guides to align all of my content. The problem is, they're only active when I drag a layer with my mouse, which is hard to do because I have a trackpad. Moving layers around with my keyboard allows me to be much more accurate, but smart guides seem to shut off when I do. Any solution to this would help.

  • So, is there some reason you can't you have a trackpad, and a mouse? If the trackpad is difficult to use for that purpose, then it's as good as useless.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 12, 2017 at 8:33
  • Either you need to learn how to use your trackpad or you have to get a mouse
    – Manly
    Jul 12, 2017 at 14:23
  • @BillyKerr a mouse wouldn't necessarily help. It's just easier to move layers pixel by pixel with the keyboard
    – Sky
    Jul 12, 2017 at 20:44
  • @Manly I imagine it's difficult for anyone to move an object pixel-by-pixel using a trackpad. My expertise with the trackpad is not of issue and shouldn't be addressed either
    – Sky
    Jul 12, 2017 at 20:48
  • @EggMon - Ok, gonna add an answer now, which might help you.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 13, 2017 at 10:41

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As long as you have one layer selected (i.e. the layer you are moving), and have the Move Tool hover over another object on another layer, you can hold down CTRL while you use the arrow keys. If you are on a Mac, presumably Command would do the same.

In this example, I am moving the pentagon with the arrow keys, while the move tool is over the triangle.

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  • Cool! As far as I had been concerned this was not possible... Thanks for this Billy Kerr
    – BANG
    Jul 19, 2017 at 3:37

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