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Selections in Photoshop are very temporary. They are fragile, meaning if I just click anywhere outside that selection, it's going to deselect that selection I just made. Now, the good news is that Photoshop actually remembers and keeps track of the last selection you made. So, I can always go back and undo this. I can do Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. The last thing I did was deselect. So, the Undo command is undoing that deselect. But what if the deselect wasn't the last thing I did. So, let's click anywhere outside the selection again to deselect it.
Then let's do something else, like invert the file. I will just do Command+I or Ctrl+I, because inverting isn't a destructive action. I can always invert it back. Well, now the last thing I did was not deselect. The last thing I did was this Invert command. So, if I do Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to Undo, I don't get my selection back. I just get the Invert command again. So, how do I get my selection back? Under the Select menu is a very specific command called Reselect. It's got a keyboard shortcut. You can see it's very easy to remember, because the Deselect keyboard shortcut is Command+D or Ctrl+D and Reselect is Command+Shift+D or Ctrl+Shift+D. So, don't worry.
If you accidentally deselect and you weren't even paying attention, you went off to do other things and then you realize oh, I need that selection back, and you don't want to have to sit there and recreate it, I did this with the Quick Selection tool and it didn't take long, but it took me 10, 15 seconds. I just want to get my selection back. Use your friend, the Reselect command, under the Select menu or Command+Shift+D, Ctrl+Shift+D to get your selection back.
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