Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Deselecting and reselecting, part of Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth.
One of the most basic selection skills is knowing how to deselect so that you can eliminate a selection when you are done with it. I'm going to make a selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool, which I've got here in the toolbox and I'm going to come into the image to do that and click in the top left corner and move toward the bottom right corner. So let's say that I've worked with this selection and I'm done with it and now I want it to go away. One way to deselect is to go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect from the menu. But to be honest, I very rarely do it this way. Deselect is one of the commands that I use so often that I think it's worth to trouble to memorize the shortcut for this command and on the Mac that shortcut is Command+D as you see here.
On the PC, it's Ctrl+D. So I'm going to exit out of this menu and I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut, Command+D on my Mac, to eliminate that selection. There is also a Reselect command. So if you do deselect and then you change your mind, you can bring back the last selection that you've made. As long as I haven't made a new selection in between, I can go back to the Select menu and I can choose Reselect and I'll get my rectangular selection back again. There is one more way to deselect and sometimes you might do this by mistake, so I want to make sure you know what's happening.
If you have any of the Marquee tools selected or if you have the Lasso tool selected and you happened to click somewhere else in the image, that will automatically deselect your selection. The reason for that is that these tools by default have this Create New Selection option enabled in the Options Bar and so when you click with one of these tools in the image, Photoshop thinks that you want to start a new selection and so it eliminates the old selection. You'll learn more about these icons in later movies about adding to, subtracting from and intersecting with selections.
But for now, just remember that this default behavior can cause you to lose your last selection. So if that does happen to you, immediately go to the Select menu and choose Reselect to bring back your selection.
- Selecting manually with the Marquee, Lasso, and Pen tools
- Saving time with automatic selection methods like the Quick Selection tool and the Magic Wand tool
- Fine-tuning selections with Refine Edge
- Working with selections in Quick Mask mode
- Moving, modifying, and combining selections
- Saving selections as alpha channels
- Making complex selections from color channels
- Using the Background Eraser tool to replace a background
- Installing and using the legacy Extract plug-in to isolate an object from its background
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Selection Basics
2. Manual Selection Methods
3. Automatic Selection Methods
4. Modifying Selections
5. Saving and Loading Selections
6. Combining and Extending Selections
7. Working in Quick Mask Mode
Changing Quick Mask options2m 37s
8. Complex Selections
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