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Using Deselect and Reselect

From: Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Video: Using Deselect and Reselect

Once you start working with selections in Photoshop, the notion of creating a selection is pretty straightforward. The notion of not having a selection is also pretty straightforward. And of course it's not too much of a stretch to think about deselecting your selection. In other words, taking an active selection, and essentially turning it off, making it no longer active. Now in most cases, when you create a selection in Photoshop to use for some particular purpose, that process is actually going to cause the selection to go away. For example, if I create a selection of the sky and then add an adjustment layer in order to adjust the sky, the selection goes away and is essentially replaced by a layer mask that reflects that selection associated with the adjustment layer.

Using Deselect and Reselect

Once you start working with selections in Photoshop, the notion of creating a selection is pretty straightforward. The notion of not having a selection is also pretty straightforward. And of course it's not too much of a stretch to think about deselecting your selection. In other words, taking an active selection, and essentially turning it off, making it no longer active. Now in most cases, when you create a selection in Photoshop to use for some particular purpose, that process is actually going to cause the selection to go away. For example, if I create a selection of the sky and then add an adjustment layer in order to adjust the sky, the selection goes away and is essentially replaced by a layer mask that reflects that selection associated with the adjustment layer.

But at times you may need to deselect and then bring that selection back. And we can do that with the reselect command. Let's take a look at how it works. I'm going to start off by creating a simple selection of the sky. I'll choose the Quick Selection tool and just drag across the sky and that gives me what appears to be a pretty darn perfect selection of that sky. So let's assume that I'm going to apply a targeted adjustment that affects only the sky. But then I realize that I think I'd like to get rid of some of those clouds off in the distance and I'd like to do that first.

Not because I have to but because I simply want to and so I'm going to deselect this selection. To do that I can go to the Select menu and choose Deselect. I can also press Ctrl+D on Windows or Cmd+D on Macintosh in order to deselect the selection and when I do that the selection goes away. Now of course you might assume that it would have been better for me to simply undo the last step. In other words, to press Ctrl+Z on Windows or Cmd+Z on Macintosh, or to go to the Edit menu and choose Step Backward, for example.

But then, the selection will not be preserved. And what I mean by that is that I'll have to recreate the selection from scratch. In this case, that's not a very big challenge. You already saw how quickly I was able to create the selection. But in some cases that selection might have been a little more challenging. And so I'd like an easier method of recreating that selection. So let's go ahead and clean up those clouds. I'll create a new layer, for example, and rename it to image cleanup. And then I'll choose the Spot Healing Brush tool and adjust the brush size as needed, and simply paint over those clouds in order to remove them.

Obviously I'm just sort of applying some arbitrary changes here, so that I can illustrate the concept involved in re-select. But in this case I did some image cleanup work, working with the separate layer, and now I think I'm ready to get started applying that targeted adjustment. But I don't want to have to recreate the selection from scratch. And if I were to try to undo to get back to my selection, of course, I would be undoing the image cleanup work that I've done, as well. So instead, I basically want to tell Photoshop, hey, remember that selection that I made just a few moments ago? Can you bring that back, because I'd like to use it to apply a targeted adjustment. And the way we tell Photoshop to do that is to go to the Select menu, and then choose Reselect.

You can also press Shift+Ctrl+D on Windows or Shift+Cmd+D on Macintosh to reselect. In this case I'll just choose it from the menu. And when I do, that selection comes back. It's important to realize of course that only the most recently created selection will come back when I use the reselect command. But as you can see in some situations where you want to go back and forth between various tasks and you just decide you're not quite ready for the selection that you've created, the deselect and reselect options can be quite helpful.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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