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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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