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In photoshop when I had the move tool activated by default i had it set to select layer. In Affinity I cannot seem to find this setting. When clicking on a design it always selects the top level group, but I would much rather have it select the layer I've clicked. 

 

Is this possible?

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There's no option to toggle "auto-select" for the move tool. It's been requested before and could be a feature that's added in the future. There's an Edit all Layers option in the Layers Panel that when disabled should allow you to only work on the layer that's selected in the Layers Panel.

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Does this mean when you select an object, the slected object jumps to the slected layer inside the layer panel? Because every time when I select a object, I have to search for the object inside the layer panel....  :(

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Hi createsean,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Although not a solution this may help for now: If you press ⌘ (cmd) (CTRL if you are using Windows) and click an object on canvas it should "force" select it no matter its position on the Layers hierarchy.

 

@ZombieRofl,

Go to Affinity Preferences, User Interface section and check Show Selection in Layers Panel to have the object highlighted/visible all the time in the Layers panel when you select it on canvas.

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Another reason for implementing the ability to turn off "auto select" is that it allows you to move an object while your mouse cursor is not on top of it.  Sometimes the mouse cursor is distracting when you're trying to place an object.

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Hi, I just wanted to add my voice towards option to disable the auto selection. As a long time user of Photoshop, the current behaviour drives me to randomly selecting layers that I am not interested in, moving them around when I was not intending to, and aligning objects which I was not expecting to align.

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This feature needs to be addressed. I work in a office and Im getting in trouble from muttering obscenities when the blasted thing keeps flipping between layers when all I want to do is just rotate the layer I'm working on. 

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44 minutes ago, Borus.fcyea said:

Thanks for the welcome. But eeh, haha... you moderated my artist name? 

Yea, If you feel the need you could put it in a forum signature (that I think becomes available when you have made a few more valid posts). Signatures can be hidden by any forum user who would prefer not to see them...

Would you accept Borus.ninja ? (or just Borus)


Patrick Connor

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37 minutes ago, Patrick Connor said:

Yea, If you feel the need you could put it in a forum signature (that I think becomes available when you have made a few more valid posts). Signatures can be hidden by any forum user who would prefer not to see them...

Would you accept Borus.ninja ? (or just Borus)

I would accept Borus.fukyea 

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