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Why is there a grey box around objects when I drag them around in the document window in Photoshop CS5 on Macintosh?

When I move layers around using the move tool, there is a gray box around the object that is distracting to me. Is there a way to not have this gray box show? Here's what I'm seeing:

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11 y ago

The grey bounding box is the default UI behavior for dragged objects in Cocoa. This came with the transition from Cocoa to Carbon (64bit conversion of Photoshop on the Macintosh).

This behavior can be turned off using an optional extension plug in called "DisableDragBoundingBox.plugin" which can be downloaded from the following link:

Photoshop CS5 Optional Plug-Ins (Mac): Manual Installation

Instructions for installation are included with a read-me included with the download.

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10 y ago

When Move Tool of Photoshop CS5 and CS5.1 is used sometimes to move Image Layer and Text Layer, a grey rectangle area appears. it seems that Photoshop wants to tell users about the present operating area. But for we users, that can have an inconvenient effect on the exact position of Move Tool, Which may not be closed at present. I am sure that is not Smart Guides、Layer Edges、Slices or Snap......and so on. Meanwhile, It is also certain that Photoshop CS5or CS5.1 doesn’t have the same problem. Even though I ever tried to close the accelerating function of OpenGL in Photoshop CS5, the problem still exists. Some of my friends who own Mac Computer also have reflected the same problem. And they can’t solve the problems.

I think it is the matter of some software(It‘s a BUG), and I enclosed some pictures, the website as follows: http://img.macfans.com.cn/data/attach...

Finally, hope these can be mended by your good computer genius with many thanks!

My Mac Computer:3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo、4G 1067 DDR3 Mem、NVIDIA GeForce 9400 VRAM 256MB、
My Mac OS X is Snow Leopard 10.6.8

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
A BUG of Photoshop CS5 and CS5.1 for Mac.

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10 y ago

Thanks very much! I see!!

But why isn't this grey bounding box 64bit conversion of Photoshop on the PC?

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Cocoa is a Mac only API/convention.

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10 y ago

I'm confused by this strange box that keeps popping up and I don't know what it is or how to fix it. If you know anything about it please let me know. That'd be wonderful. Thanks.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Grey odd box that appears at random.

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10 y ago

I am having both of these problems, and they happen at different times and during different situations - two different types of 'grey box'.

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Does the plug-in above in the official answer solve this? Or do you have "Show Transform Controls" turned on in the Move tool's options bar?

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The bounding box isn't just a visual anomaly - the odd grey box appears whenever I use the move tool to move any layer (and even then it doesn't actual show the borders of the layer, the same sized grey box appears regardless of layer size), and the layer appears to move for the first ten pixels or so, then it 'snaps' back to it's original position. Snapping is off.

I'm currently seeing this in CS6 but had the same problem in CS5, which makes me think I'm enabling a feature accidentally.. and because I now can't move anything with the move tool, I've resorted to free transforming layers to be able to move them. As you can imagine, is incredible painful when you have to press enter to accept the transformation every time!

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Are you using a Wacom Tablet?

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I'm not, no.

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Can you make a video/screencast of what you're doing? http://forums.adobe.com/message/42092...

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10 y ago

Also, this is the second kind of 'grey box problem' - this appears not around any object, just arbitrarily.

http://media.shinywhitebox.com/jonath...

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Do you by chance use a utility called "iCopy"?

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I do! As of 3 days ago, though - I've been having these problems for a while. Though before iCopy I was using a similar program called Clippy. Are these known causes of my issues?

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Indeed they are. More details on this thread: http://forums.adobe.com/message/43192...

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Brilliant! Well, not brilliant, but I'm pleased I know why now! It's shame because iCopy is invaluable to me right now.

I'm adjusting the drag-copy setting someone mentioned, if it doesn't help I'll remove completely. Thanks Jeffrey, I'll report back to you all if the issue returns.

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In CS6, I have the same arbitrarily appearing "grey box problem" mentioned and shown by J.D. above and I definitely don't use iCopy. Thoughts?

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9 y ago

Hi,

In case you're looking for the "DisableDragBoundingBox.plugin" for Ps CS6, it can be found here:
http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/p...

regards,
steve

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9 y ago

In photoshop CS6, I have the same arbitrarily appearing "grey box problem" mentioned and shown by J.D. above and I definitely don't use iCopy. Thoughts? It's driving me nuts!