I'm experiencing a possible bug when attempting to Command+Click a layer in my document to turn it into the active layer. I've included a short video to help better demonstrate the issue.
If multiple shape layers are present, including a layer with a 'subtraction path', the hidden paths of the layer that's been subtracted from effects auto-selection. If the hidden paths overlap another nearby layer, Command+clicking on the nearby layer actually selects the shape with the hidden paths.
The expected behavior should be that the hidden paths are ignored, allowing the user to select the layer underneath, like it was in CS5.
This is very difficult to explain in text, so please watch the attached video.
Do you still see this behavior if you move the shape layer (with the hidden mask path) to be below the text layer (Iceflow)? I think you are seeing this simply because of an order of operations logic, the shape layer is on top, the text is below. The item on top gets selected when using Command (Ctrl) click to select a layer. I'll test to verify.
Brett. You are correct. If I move the layer with the hidden paths lower in the Layers Panel, I am able to select the text layer. Should this be the behavior though? I can definitely see cases where this would be frustrating. Paths which are used for subtraction purposes should be invalid, in my opinion.
Edit: Just read your response. New behavior meaning 'as designed', or unexpected behavior?