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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
Once you've taken the time and trouble to make a selection, it's a shame to lose it. And if you do have one selection going in your image and you have to make another one somewhere else then you're going to lose the first selection. So I would like to show you how you can save a selection after you make it. You'll always be able to bring back your saved selections, because saved selections stay with the file even if you close and then reopen the file later. I am going to make a selection here with the Quick Selection tool, choosing it in the toolbox and then just coming in and moving over the sky. Now if I wanted to save that selection, I would go to the Select menu at the top of the screen and move down to Save Selection.
Here in the Save Selection dialog box, I simply have to give the selection a name. I'll call it sky and I'll click OK. Then I am going to delete this selection by pressing Command+D on a Mac or Ctrl+D on a PC and if I wanted to, I could close and then reopen the file somewhere down the line and when I wanted to use that selection, I would simply go to the Select menu and I would choose Load Selection and here I will have a choice in the Channel menu of all of the selections that I have saved. Now here there is only one, sky, but if there were others they would be in this menu too.
So I would choose that and click OK and my selection comes right back. Taking that extra minute after you make a selection to load it into memory like this can save you the time and the effort of reselecting the same item later. It's just one more small thing that you can do to make your experience of using Photoshop smoother and more productive.
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