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Learn how to use selections and layer masks in Photoshop to create composite images and apply targeted adjustments. After covering the key concepts behind selections and exploring Photoshop's selection tools, Tim Grey delves into a variety of advanced techniques that will help you make accurate selections, create seamless composite images, and apply adjustments that do exactly what you want them to do.
When you create a selection, the selection is actually displayed as what's often referred to as a marching ants display. It's a dashed line that's animated. And that presentation can certainly be very helpful. It shows you where the selection begins and ends. But it can also be a little distracting at times. Sometimes you might want to hide it from view. And there's a very quick and easy way to accomplish exactly that. I'll start off by creating a selection. In this case, just a selection of the sky. So I'll choose the Quick Selection Tool and then I'll drag across the sky in order to create a selection of that sky. And perhaps I'm evaluating a portion of that selection. Trying to make sure that the selection edge follows exactly along the area that I want it to, at the edge of the rock versus sky in this case for example. But I'm finding that the selection display is getting in the way. I can't really see very clearly exactly where the rock versus the sky begins and ends.
And so I'd like to hide that selection for just a moment so that I can kind of get my bearings. I can hide that selection edge by going to the View menu, and then choosing Show, followed by Selection Edges. You can see that that option is currently turned on, by the check mark that appears before it. And when I choose that option, it gets turned off. If I want to reveal that selection edge again, I can go to the View menu, and then choose Show once again, followed by Selection Edges. And that selection edge appears once again. I can also use a keyboard shortcut to accomplish the exact same thing.
I can simply hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Cmd key on Macintosh, and then press the letter H. To hide and then to reveal the selection edge. So Ctrl or Cmd+H to hide, and Ctrl or Cmd+H once again to reveal. It's just as important that you keep in mind when you've hidden a selection that there actually is a selection there, because otherwise you might have some unintended effects. As you, for example, apply adjustments to the image. But by hiding or revealing that selection edge, you're able to better evaluate the image in situations where you find that display to be a little bit distracting to your work.
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