Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video The Inverse command, part of Photoshop: Selections (2013).
In the previous example, I stored the selection as an alpha channel. Remember, this is an easy way to save a selection, and we'll explore this process more in a moment. To reload the alpha channel as a selection, simply switch the Channels panel. You could then command or control-click on its thumbnail to create an active selection. Now that that's actively selected, what I'd like to do is select the area outside. So I'll choose Select > Inverse. I now have a selection that encompasses the area around this relief sculpture and I'm going to apply an exposure adjustment.
This makes it easy to darken that area down, and draw attention to the actual carvings. Now, as I refine that with the Gamma adjustment and an Exposure command, I can really get a nice believable transition. Remember, you can always choose Select > Reselect, if you'd like to load that again. And this makes it simple for you to take advantage of other adjustments, such as a curves adjustment, if you'd like to go ahead and pull down the contrast a bit as well. And you see there, a very targeted adjustment.
Remember, sometimes it's easier to select the area that you don't want, and then reverse the selection. This is particularly true when working with things like bright blue skies or simplified backgrounds. Just select the area that you don't want to affect, and then choose Select > Inverse.
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- What are selections?
- Creating masks from selections
- Moving a selection
- Selecting with the Quick Selection tool
- Transforming a selection
- Using the Refine Edge command
- Selecting a color or tonal range throughout the image
- Making a selection with the Pen tool
- Saving a selection as an alpha channel
- Creating a selection from multiple channels with the Calculations command