7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 27, 2012 9:07 AM by station_two

    Selecting items in CS6

    WendyBird12

      I  know this is ridiculous, but I just upgraded to cs6 and I can't figure out how to select items on the canvas, aside for selecting each individual layer on the layers panel.

       

      I have Mac os X 10.7.4, and I previously had cs5.5 on my laptop.

       

      I was able to use the direct select tool to select mulitple items by either dragging it would select anything in the box or using shift to select multiple items. Do I have to click on every item in the layer panel to select it on the canvas? Is there a option that I have checked when it should be unchecked?

       

      I should probably add that I am trying to select multiple layers of text along with shapes.

        • 1. Re: Selecting items in CS6
          c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

          With the Move Tool (V) selected (Auto-Select unchecked in the Options Bar) ctrl-alt-shift clicking them lets me select multiple Layers on the Canvas.

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          • 2. Re: Selecting items in CS6
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            Are you sure you're not actually referring to Illustrator?

             

            Mylenium

            • 3. Re: Selecting items in CS6
              WendyBird12 Level 1

              I'm pretty sure it's photoshop, I've used cs5.5 frequently, maybe I'll reinstall cs5.5 to see how it works again. When I select items the transformation box doesn't appear, so I don't know more than one object is selected.

              • 4. Re: Selecting items in CS6
                Curt Y Level 7

                Re-install rarely solves problem.  First try to reset preferences.  On Mac start PS then immediately hold down Cmd + option + shift keys, you should get a reset window.  If you see splash screen you are too late with keys.

                • 5. Re: Selecting items in CS6
                  conroy Level 5

                  WendyBird12 wrote:

                   

                  I was able to use the direct select tool to select mulitple items ... I am trying to select multiple layers of text along with shapes.

                   

                  The Direct Selection Tool cannot operate on the characters in a Type layer. It can operate on a path or shape that you may have flowed the Type along. Is that what you mean?

                   

                  Also, the DST can operate on Paths which have been made from Type by "Type > Convert to Shape" or  "Type > Create Work Path"

                  • 6. Re: Selecting items in CS6
                    Noel Carboni Level 8

                    My recommendation is to slow down, take a deep breath, and deal with each issue separately.  There are a number of preferences that can affect the things you're trying to do.

                     

                    Rest assured that while there are some changes from Photoshop CS5, they're not as likely to be what's getting in your way as differences in settings that you've changed over time.

                     

                    As you change preference settings in Photoshop, you might want to make notes.  Then next Photoshop upgrade you'll have a script you can work from.

                     

                    -Noel

                    • 7. Re: Selecting items in CS6
                      Level 5

                      Noel Carboni wrote:

                       

                      …As you change preference settings in Photoshop, you might want to make notes.  Then next Photoshop upgrade you'll have a script you can work from.

                      What I do is to record an action while I set all my preferences the way I want them.  That way, if I have to trash my preferences because of corruption, I can restore them to a pristine state just by playing back the action.