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If you've taken the time to make a complex selection, how can you ensure yourself against having to start all over if you lose that selection? There are two features I want to tell you about that will help you in that case. One is the Reselect feature and the other is Save Selection. As I explained before by default when you have a Selection tool selected in the toolbar, the New Selection icon is selected here in the Tool Options bar, and that means that after I have made a selection, if I inadvertently click, I can lose my entire selection, because Elements is trying to make a new selection for me.
That's okay though, if that ever happens to you, before you do anything else, go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Reselect, and that will bring back your last selection. So that's one safeguard. Another and better safeguard is to save your selection. A saved selection will stay with the image even after you close and reopen the image. To save a selection, I will go to the Select menu and I will choose Save Selection. In the Save Selection dialog box, I'll check that the default New Selection button is highlighted here, and then I will click in the name field and I will give my selection a name, I will call this one sky, and I will click OK, and then I will deselect.
Let's pretend that I have closed this image and reopened it several days later, and I want to get my selection back. No problem, I will go to the Select menu and this time I'll see Load Selection in this menu, I will choose Load Selection, and then I'll go to the Selection menu and from this menu I will choose the selection I want. If I have saved more than one selection with this image, it will appear here in this menu. I only have the one selection, the sky selection, I will select that and I'll click OK.
And that reloads my sky selection, so I don't have to go to the trouble of reinventing it from scratch. So those are a couple of pieces of insurance that can save you lots of time, particularly when you have made a complex selection.
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