If you work with layers often, you may find yourself constantly moving the mouse over to the Layers palette to select layers. To save your wrist from all those trips across the screen, try some of these tips for easier layer selections:
With the move tool selected, enable Auto Select Layer in the options bar (Figure 10.2). With Auto Select Layer enabled, you don't need to go to the Layers palette to select a layerjust click any visible part of the layer. The Auto Select Groups option adds the ability to select a layer group by clicking any layer in the group.
Figure 10.2. When the Move tool is selected, the Auto Select Layer option appears in the options bar.
Whether or not you use Auto Select Layer, you can context-click a document and see a list of all layer content under the cursor. You can then select a layer by choosing a layer name from the context menu.
Use keyboard shortcuts for the Layers palette. Option/Alt+[ selects the next layer below, and Option/Alt+] selects the next layer above. When you use these keyboard shortcuts, it's a good idea to keep an eye on the Layers palette to make sure you've selected the correct layer.
Be sure to take advantage of the many commands on the Layers palette menu, which you can see by clicking the round button in the upper-right corner of the Layers palette.