#35 Photoshop Tips: Turning Off the Photoshop Snap Feature

Posted on 5:59 PM by Daniy

This is what usually occur in default when you want to crop an image which one or more side of the crop is quite close to the edge of the document window. The cropping border tries to snap to it. This might also be happening when drawing large marquee selections as well.

turn off snapWell, you don’t have to call somebody to get rid the behavior since you can do it yourself by pressing "Ctrl+Shift+;" [Mac: Command+Shift+;]. It’s the shortcut for turning off this snapping, include snap to guides, snap to guides, snap to rulers, etc. If you only want to turn off snapping to document bounds, you need to scroll down those View > Snap To > Document Bounds menu, and make sure you left it unchecked.

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At November 27, 2008 at 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As simple as this may seem, I stupidly could not find out how to do this on my own and had to consult the web when it started to drive me crazy!

Apparently I was looking in all the wrong menus, as it is in VIEW! VIEW? VIEW?! How does it make more sense to put it into View as opposed to a menu such as, EDIT?!

At June 18, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Blogger Peter in Japan said...

To my unending pain, the default for all documents opened in CS3 for Mac is with Snap on. I want to have it OFF and stay OFF, but every document I load has it on until I manually turn it off. Considering I'm using hundreds of PSD files, this is unacceptable. Unhappy :(

At August 9, 2011 at 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Photoshop Elements has the option to turn off snapping on the border. I'm running Photoshop Elements 8, and when I go in the View menu, I only see "guides" and "grid." Extremely annoying.

At February 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Elements 10. Holding down the Ctrl-Shift does turn off snapping. There is apparently no way to permanently turn it off.

However you will not find that bit of information in the Adobe Help files. I had to go online. Why would the writers of Adobe Help leave a valid command out of their instructions?

This snap issue is another example of software designers deciding what is best for us, and not giving us any other option.

At November 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM, Blogger Mark Vincent Weiss said...

Thank you for your tutorials that you share to your post. I learn new things while reading your thoughts in this blog jut like online software video tutorials.


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