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So yesterday I was working on an iphone UI design and got desk dropped by the boss and a developer. They proceeded to fire changes at me which I tried to make real time. Now this involved selection multiple layers and shifting them around. I have to say that the workflow felt all wrong at that moment and I wished I was using fireworks or illustrator so I could select and move quickly without having to use the layers pallet.

Solution

Now I was aware the move tool had an auto-select option but I have not really used it as much as I should but from now on I will. To make it even better from most other tools you and hold ctrl which will give you move tool. But also you can hold shift which allows you to select multi objects in the document window.

shift + ctrl + click objects in document window.

You need to have the auto-select option ticked and the layer or group selected in the drop down.

There is also the option to Show Bounding Box, which means you can see what is selected. You will need to select the move tool to see these option.

Well hope this helps, I know next time I get desk dropped I will be able to move multiple items briskly without having to use the layer pallet which remain the only pallet I have open 24/7. Maybe one day I will work pallet less!

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