How to fix “Could not use move tool because the target channels is hidden”

How to fix “Could not use move tool because the target channels is hidden”

While using Adobe Photoshop you might get this popup warning “Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden”. This article will show you how to deal with it.

Could not use move tool because the target channels is hidden

Why are you getting “Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden” popup warning?

If you get this error while trying to select object with Move Tool [V] it means that have entered “Edit in quick mask mode”.

If you are using keyboard shortcut it is that most likely you have accidentally hit [Q].

How to disable the popup?

Simply quit “Edit in quick mask” mode. You can do that by doing one of the following:

  • Use keyboard shortcut, press [Q] again to switch to “Quick Mask Mode” or “Standard Mode”;
  • Click “Select” from main menu and then un-tick “Edit in quick mask mode”;
  • Select “Channels” panel and delete Alpha layer

You will see a red pallet on the right side of the circle icon

I hope this solves your problem “Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden”.

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