I don't know if this is what you're looking to do. But if it is, this link will help you: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/photoshop/cs/using/WSD578BD7D-07BC-46f6-AAC2-6E491E8AD818a.htm l#WS7D245964-27B4-403e-82D5-DDD1CB19A82Ba
Select top layer
Alt + . (period)
Option + . (period)
Select bottom layer
Alt + , (comma)
Option + , (comma)
Add to layer selection in Layers panel
Shift + Alt + [ or ]
Shift + Option + [ or ]
Select next layer down/up
Alt + [ or ]
Option + [ or ]
Move target layer down/up
Control + [ or ]
Command + [ or ]
Also, if you're on CS6, on your layers panel, you can filter out layers that you want to display in your layers panel - if your file has tons of layers - like I saw in your screencast:
Thanks Sudarhsan for trying to help! Unfortunately none of those things address the problem I am having, although they are good to know.
My problem is, say for instance, I have a texture layer like some grunge and solid color layer underneath that texture I want to edit. But I don't know where in my 100 layers of my layers pallete that that solid color layer is. How do I easily find it? It only works if I hide the texture layer and THEN ctrl+click that area in my document to find and select that layer. I shouldn't have to always hide every layer that is on top of the solid color layer for me to find it by ctrl+clicking. As of now, ctrl+clicking over a layer only selects the topmost layer. Right clicking does not help. It brings up just about every layer in my document.
I'd suggest they let you keep ctrl+clicking an area and have photoshop keep cylcing through the layers under your mouse until you find the layer you want to edit. I was wondering if maybe they already had that though somewhere and I missed it.
What version of Photoshop are you using? Like I mentioned, in Photoshop CS6, you can easily filter layers with various parameters.
Another option is to consider grouping your layers. This will make your layer organization process very easier, thereby optimizing your workflow.
CS6. Grouping doesn't do anything to help. Wish it did. You can see here more: http://screencast.com/t/Y0uCN99e You have texture layer and solid color. I have to hide my texture layers to let it find the solid color layer. RIght clicking the texture doesn't show me the solid color layer underneath in any easily findable way.
Also, ctrl+click on the area where you know your solid color layer exists (even if its way behind the current layer), will definitely show you the layer you're wanting to find.
One thing you should be sure of is to name your layers appropriately and not just leaving them 'Layer 1', 'Layer 2' defaults. This will make your life a living hell!
CS6. Perfect. You can work with the Layer Sorting feature that was introduced in CS6. I've posted my screenshots above. Did you try that?
The naming of layers only helps if you can remember what you named your layer out of hundreds of layers. So naming them can help a little but not with the issue I am having. I'd have to remember every name of every layer I put in and that isn't fair to make the user have to do.
Ctrl+clik definitely does not choose the solid color layer if there is a texture layer on top of it. If it does, please show me how to get it to do that. The videos I posted show it doesn't do that. I was ctr_clicking the whole time and it would just keep the top layer selected.
Layer sorting to only show visible layers doesn't help me at all. There is nothing in layer sorting that would help with what I am trying to do. I've looked through it.
Possibly due to overlaps and the way your layers have been placed atop each other. I've taken a few screenshots of this beahavior on a file that I worked on a long time ago - with over 300+ layers in the background (arranged in the back or some hidden).
I've taken these shots while right clicking/ ctrl + clicking on my MBP.
When I right click, nothing highlights automatically. May be a bug? And your screenshots show the point I am making. No matter where you click, MANY layers are showing up in that popup box. There is no way to tell which is which. Adobe really needs to do something about this. I don't understand how everyone else is doing this.
If your on a windows system the selected layer doesn't highlight when right clicking as it does on the mac versions of photoshop.