How Do I Know Which Layer An Object Is On When I Have Loads Of Layers In Photoshop?

Often when you’re working in Photoshop you may find yourself creating a composition with many layers. After a little while you may forget which object is on which layer, even if you’ve been naming your layers as you go along. You do name each layer as you go along, don’t you? So what’s the quickest way to tell which layer an object is on in Photoshop? Here’s how:

1. Select the Move Tool (V) from the Photoshop toolbox, then on the options bar at the top of the screen, click on the Auto-Select checkbox and choose Layer from the drop down box beside it.


2. Now simply click on the object you’re interested in on your composition and Photoshop will highlight the layer it appears on.

And that’s it. A very handy timesaving option in Photoshop.


  1. kaygapu says:

    wow you are really a life saver!!!…. i’ve been doing this but it sent me to the group the layer was in….i didn’t know i could change it to select layers!!!!……thank you

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