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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once you've got a selection that you're happy with, you can save that selection with the file so that you can quickly reload it to work on the selected area further without having to create the selection again from scratch. Here's a selection that I just made with the Quick Selection tool. If you're following along, get the Quick Selection tool in the toolbar and drag it over the sky to create a selection like this. Now let's say that I'm happy with this selection and I want to save it, I will go up to the Select menu and I'll go down to Save Selection.
I'll give the selection a meaningful name, I'll call this one sky and I click OK. I'm going to deselect by pressing Ctrl +D on the PC or Command+D on the Mac. I could even save and close this file and come back to it at some later date and if I wanted to bring that selection back, all I would have to do is go up to the Select menu and choose Load Selection. From the Selection menu, I can choose the selection that I want and I could have saved more than one selection in the same file.
If I click OK at this point, I'll bring back my sky selection, but let's say that I'd like to have the stoplights selected instead of the sky, I have the option to invert the selection. Let's see what that does. I'll check Invert and then I'll click OK and now I have the stoplight selected and I could go ahead and work on this isolated area of the image. Now let's say that I want to modify this selection, say that I don't want to include this little piece of the bar over here on the right. With the Quick Selection tool, I'll go up to the options bar and I'll click on the minus icon to subtract from selection and then I'll come in and make my brush tip smaller and I'll move my mouse over the area that I want to subtract from this selection.
Now I want to modify my saved selection to reflect this change. So I'll go up to the Select menu and down to Save Selection, from the Selection dropdown menu, I'll choose my sky selection and this time I want the operation to be Replace Selection. I'll click OK and now I'm going to deselect by pressing Ctrl+D or Command+D. If I want to bring back that modified selection, I can go back to the Select menu and choose Load Selection again, choose my sky selection, and click OK and it brings the selection back with the modification that I'd added to it.
Finally, let's say I have a selection here that I really don't want to keep any more. I can always delete that by going up to the Select menu, and choosing Delete Selection, and choosing that selection from here, and clicking OK. Now if I were to deselect and later I did want to bring that selection back, I wouldn't be able to because it's no longer in the Select, Load Selection menu. The menu choice is now grayed out because I don't have any selections being held in memory. Now in this case, I do have one more chance to bring back the selection that I just deleted.
If I make a selection and then I deselect and I'm still working in the same image in the same session, and I haven't made any other selection, I can choose Reselect and that will bring back that last selection that I made. So I think you can see that these features are real time-savers. Whenever you've spent any significant time making a selection, it really is a good idea to save that selection so you can bring it back in the future.
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