Photoshop: Why does the Hand Tool icon flicker when choosing ‘Add a layer style’ from the Layers palette?

Does anyone else see this? Is there a reason why this happens or is it a bug? (Photoshop CS5.1 on OS X 10.7.2, not sure if this happens in previous Photoshop or OS X versions.)

Steps to reproduce:

1. Click on ‘Add a layer style’ button in the Layers palette and pick anything.

2. When releasing the mouse button, watch the ‘Hand Tool’ icon.

In seemingly random fashion, it does any of these two things:

A (happens most of the time): It flickers for about ¼ sec (gets selected, then de-selected, just before the Layer Style dialog opens).

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B. For as long as the Layer Style dialog is open, the Hand Tool stays ‘selected’. But when exiting the dialog you get back whatever tool you were using before.

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Answer

The Hand Tool becomes selected because you can move certain aspects of Layer styles as you apply them.

For example…. Add a Gradient Overlay to a layer via Layer Styles. With the Layer Styles Dialog Window open, click and drag your artwork. You’ll see the gradient move around in the layer.

This helps in positioning certain Layer Styles. It won’t work for every aspect of Layer Styles but when it does work, it’s helpful.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Henrik , Answer Author : Scott

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