How to Deselect in Photoshop & Working with selection

By | October 30, 2018

In the previous article, we learned about the idea of selection and tools for making selection in Photoshop. As promised, in this article we will have a look at how to work with selection as moving the selection, duplicating the selection or splitting the selection to create a new image … It may sound complicated,in fact, it is really simple.At the latter part of this article,there will be some tutorials related to the isolating of photos by using selection tool. Those will help you practice what you will learn after reading this article. Let’s start!

Deselect an object in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will go through some methods of selecting objects in Photoshop. As you may know, Photoshop has a wide range of tools that allow you to make selection easier than ever, namely as Magic Wand, Rectangular Marquee, and Polygonal Lassotools. You can find these tools at the main Photoshop toolbar. However, it is uncommon to talk about deselecting. Today, I will show you how to deselect objects in Photoshop with your mouse or key combinations.

Deselect an object in Photoshop

Deselect an object in Photoshop

Using Your Mouse

1. Identify the selection you want to deselect, click on the window surrounding the selection, make sure it is active. Dotted or dashed lines appear around the selected.

2. Navigate to main Photoshop menu, click “Select” , then a drop-down menu is showing.

3. Next, on the drop-down menu, click “Deselect” then all the active selection are deselected.

Using Your Keyboard

1.Using you mouse to choose the window with current active selection to deselect.

2.Look for the “Control” key, press and hold this button.

3.Then while still holding down the “Control” key, press the “D” key on your keyboard. This action will deselect all active selection areas.

On a Mac, use the “Command” key instead of“Control” key when deselecting selection areas with your keyboard.

During performing selecting object, you can reselect some objects that have been deselected accidentally by navigating to main menu and clicking“Reselect” from the drop-down menu.

Working with selection in Photoshop

Move a selection

To move a selection to a new position, you can use the most powerful tool of all time – the Move Tool (V). Now,you can create a selection and use the Move Tool to move this selection in the same as moving a layer, then you can see the difference. In the example above, we create a selection around the lovely lady and move this selection:

At the selection area, there is a shadow that never fades. You can also move the selection to a new working session, which is later used in photoediting.

Duplicate the selection

To duplicate a selection, you can do it the same way as duplicating a layer with Ctrl + J keycombination. When doing this, a new layer will be created with onlythe selection in that layer, not the background.

This is the simplest way to create a new image from the selection.

Save and load a selection

When your work is in progress, sometimes it takes a lot of time and effort to create a selection and it would be such a pain if the selection was lost. To solve this problem, you can save the selection you created with the command Select -> Save Selection.A dialog box will appear, you enter the name of the selection and click Ok.The selection will be saved.

To use the selection, you can use the command: Select -> Load Selection and recallthe saved selection

Delete a selection

If you are not happy with the selection you just create, you can delete it by using the Ctrl + D combination.

Tutorials related to working with selections

In this section, I will summarize some tutorials related to working with selections such as image splitting, fine hair selection and photo editing … These videos will also guide you how to use the Refine Edge feature, a useful tool in processing the selection.

Author: Admin PhotoshopTip

Hello, I'm Hanna Kim. I love Photoshop and like designing web with Photoshop. I will try to post more tutorials. Please press LIKE or G+ button if this article is useful.

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