How to select a layer in photoshop?
In Photoshop, if you choose
View > Show > Layer Edges, a blue border will appear around the currently-selected layer. Is there a way to make the marquee tool select that exact area? I know I can command-click on the layer thumbnail to select all visible pixels in the layer, but is there a way to quickly get a rectangular selection that matches the layer boundaries, or do I need to manually drag the rectangular marquee tool to match the layer boundary that Photoshop is showing me?
There is not a "simple" way to do this out of the box, but if you want to select the area to copy you can make an action script with:
- Trim (Transparent pixels - same as showing boundaries of the content in the layer)
- Select All
- Shift+Ctrl+C for merged copy, or just Ctrl+C for content in the current layer.
- Revert back to before Trimming.
I created an action for you with these steps. It can be downloaded from here:
(remember to perform virus check on files you receive by from strangers such as a me).