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Deselecting and reselecting

From: Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth

Video: Deselecting and reselecting

When you are working with the selections, a fundamental skill is knowing how to deselect, or eliminate the marching ants when you're done with them. To show you that, I will make a simple selection, by selecting the Rectangular Marquee tool in the toolbox and then moving into the image and clicking and dragging a rectangular selection around the white part of this sign. I'd like to fill that area with a color. I will select the color by getting the Eyedropper tool in the toolbox and clicking in the yellow part of my image, and that sets the foreground color in the toolbox to this desaturated yellow.

Deselecting and reselecting

When you are working with the selections, a fundamental skill is knowing how to deselect, or eliminate the marching ants when you're done with them. To show you that, I will make a simple selection, by selecting the Rectangular Marquee tool in the toolbox and then moving into the image and clicking and dragging a rectangular selection around the white part of this sign. I'd like to fill that area with a color. I will select the color by getting the Eyedropper tool in the toolbox and clicking in the yellow part of my image, and that sets the foreground color in the toolbox to this desaturated yellow.

Next, I will go up to the Edit menu, and I will choose Fill. Here, in the Fill dialog box, I will make sure the Use menu is set to Foreground Color, and then I will go down to the Blending mode menu. I am going to change the Blending mode from Normal to Color so that when I fill with this yellow, I will be able to retain the underlying tonality of the photograph. I will click OK, and now I am done with the marching ants. To eliminate the marching ants, I could come up to the Select menu and choose Deselect.

But this is a command that you will use so often that I recommend that you memorize the keyboard shortcut for deselecting, and that's Command+D on the Mac or Ctrl+D on the PC. So I will move off the menu, and I will use that keyboard shortcut, and that eliminates the marching ants. If I go back to the Select menu, you can see that there is also a Reselect command. This command will bring back the last selection that I made. So if I haven't made any selections in between, I can bring back that last rectangular selection by choosing Select > Reselect.

There is another way to deselect or eliminate the marching ants that you may run into by mistake, and that is the default behavior of every single selection tool. I will go back and click on the Rectangular Marquee tool as an example, and notice that up in the Options bar, this icon, New selection, is enabled by default. What New selection means is that every time I click with the Selection tool in the image, Photoshop will start to make a new selection for me. So with any of the Selection tools targeted in the toolbox, if I move into the image and click, I can inadvertently eliminate my marching ants.

So that's just something to be aware of, and we will learn more about the new Selection icon, the Add to Selection icon, and the others in this group in a later movie in this course.

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Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth

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  1. 2m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 28s
  2. 30m 22s
    1. Changing part of an image
      5m 2s
    2. Using Content-Aware Fill
      5m 31s
    3. Compositing images
      4m 18s
    4. Correcting part of a photograph
      3m 51s
    5. Replacing a sky
      4m 46s
    6. Cropping an image
      1m 8s
    7. Building an object
      5m 46s
  3. 18m 52s
    1. Understanding selections and masks
      7m 26s
    2. Deselecting and reselecting
      2m 23s
    3. Hiding selection boundaries
      3m 15s
    4. Moving selection boundaries
      2m 14s
    5. Inverting selections
      2m 9s
    6. Selecting all
      1m 25s
  4. 17m 8s
    1. Transforming selections
      3m 16s
    2. Combining selections
      7m 31s
    3. Expanding selections
      6m 21s
  5. 41m 48s
    1. Selecting hair, pt. 1
      6m 26s
    2. Selecting hair, pt. 2
      6m 6s
    3. Removing color fringe
      5m 17s
    4. Selecting an object with hard and soft edges
      6m 55s
    5. Anti-aliasing vs. feathering
      9m 9s
    6. Working with Refine Mask
      7m 55s
  6. 16m 14s
    1. Selecting rectangles with the Rectangular Marquee tool
      6m 29s
    2. Selecting ovals with the Elliptical Marquee tool
      4m 44s
    3. Selecting straight edges with the Polygonal Lasso tool
      5m 1s
  7. 18m 9s
    1. Selecting freehand with the Lasso tool
      4m 57s
    2. Selecting precisely with the Pen tool and paths
      7m 32s
    3. Snapping to edges with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      5m 40s
  8. 28m 11s
    1. Selecting painlessly with the Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    2. Making the Magic Wand tool work for you
      5m 23s
    3. Selecting colors with the Color Range command
      5m 39s
    4. Changing colors with Replace Color and Hue/Saturation
      5m 16s
    5. Working with the Background Eraser tool
      6m 20s
  9. 20m 55s
    1. Selecting layer transparency
      3m 31s
    2. Selecting image luminosity
      3m 47s
    3. Increasing contrast in Camera Raw
      8m 40s
    4. Fine-tuning a color channel selection
      4m 57s
  10. 17m 1s
    1. Saving selections for reuse
      6m 2s
    2. Loading and modifying saved selections
      4m 54s
    3. Sharing selections between images
      6m 5s
  11. 13m 54s
    1. Cleaning up selections in Quick Mask
      4m 42s
    2. Filtering selections in Quick Mask
      2m 34s
    3. Painting selections in Quick Mask
      2m 10s
    4. Making Step and Repeat web buttons in Quick Mask
      4m 28s
  12. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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