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Hiding selection boundaries

From: Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth

Video: Hiding selection boundaries

There are times when the marching ants of a selection border can get in your way, making it difficult to see what you are doing in an image. Fortunately, you don't have to eliminate those marching ants altogether; you can simply make them temporarily invisible. To show you that, I am going to load a particularly dense selection that I made around these trees. I'll go to the Channels panel, and there I have an Alpha 1 channel that represents selection that I made earlier, using the Color Range command and the Refine selection dialog box. I saved that selection as an Alpha channel by going to select Save Selection, as I will explain how to do in a later movie.

Hiding selection boundaries

There are times when the marching ants of a selection border can get in your way, making it difficult to see what you are doing in an image. Fortunately, you don't have to eliminate those marching ants altogether; you can simply make them temporarily invisible. To show you that, I am going to load a particularly dense selection that I made around these trees. I'll go to the Channels panel, and there I have an Alpha 1 channel that represents selection that I made earlier, using the Color Range command and the Refine selection dialog box. I saved that selection as an Alpha channel by going to select Save Selection, as I will explain how to do in a later movie.

I'd like to load that selection, and to do that I am going to hold down the Command key on a Mac or the Ctrl key on a PC and click right on the thumbnail on that Alpha channel. I don't want to click on the Alpha channel itself but on its thumbnail, and that loads this dense selection that I made earlier. I made this selection so that I'd have a boundary inside of which I could paint. I have a dark red color here in the Foreground Color Box and the Brush tool selected in the Tools panel, and I am going to start painting inside of this selection.

But the marching ants are so dense and complex here that it's difficult to see exactly where I am painting. So what I'd like to do is to hide the marching ants temporarily. The long way to do that is to go up to the View menu at the top of the screen and toggle off the Extras command. Now if I paint with that dark color, I can see exactly where I am painting. The selection is still active, but the marching ants that define the selection are temporarily invisible. If I want to bring the marching ants back, I will go back to View menu and down to Extras again and toggle that command back on.

Now to be honest, I very rarely go all the way up to the View menu and down to Extras to make the marching ants invisible and then visible again; instead, I will use the keyboard shortcut: Command+H on the Mac, or Ctrl+H on the PC. One caveat for you Mac users: if you don't see the Command+H shortcut listed here next to Extras, it's possible that you reassign that command to the Apple default, which is to hide an application, in this case Photoshop, instead of hiding the selection boundary.

If that's the case and you'd like to reassign Command+H to hide the selection boundary, you can do that using the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts command. I will go over to the Edit menu and down to Keyboard Shortcuts. In the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box, make sure that you are viewing shortcuts for application menus and then scroll down to the View category. Click the arrow to the left of View and then scroll down in that category to the Extras command.

If you don't see a shortcut to the right of the Extras command, you can add the Command+H shortcut here by clicking in the Shortcut column and then pressing Command+H on your keyboard. Then click the Accept button and save this change by clicking the Save icon here, and click OK. Now on a Mac, pressing Command+H will make the selection boundary temporarily invisible, and pressing Command+H again will bring it back into view.

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Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth

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Jan Kabili
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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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