Posts tagged "Selecting"

March 20, 2018

Select and Filter Layer Options in Photoshop CC

There are several different ways to select and filter layers in Photoshop – any of which can help us to increase our productivity when working with complex documents.

From the Layers panel: Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) to the right of the layer thumbnail to select multiple, non-contiguous, layers on the Layers panel. Shift -click to select a range of contiguous layers in the Layers panel.

With the Move Tool: To quickly select multiple layers from the image area, with the Move tool selected, enable Auto-Select (in the Options bar) and choose Layer or Group from the pull-down menu. Then, click in the image area over the desired layer to select it. Press the Shift key to select additional layers.

If you prefer to leave the Auto-Select feature disabled, pressing Command (Mac) | Control (Win) will temporarily activate Auto-Select with the Move tool selected.

Note: you can also drag-select multiple layers, using the Move tool, which works well if you have multiple layers and a Background. Otherwise, with the Auto Select feature enabled, clicking in the image area will select the first layer that you click on and begin to move it instead of selecting additional layers (because the Background is locked by default, it can’t be selected and is skipped by the Auto Select Feature). If you have layers that you do not want to be automatically selected, lock them.

Using Context Sensitive Menus: With the Move tool selected, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) in the image area over the desired layer and select it from the list.

From the Select Menu: Command + Option + A (Mac) / Control + Alt + A (Win) will select all layers. Note: hidden layers are included in this selection, however the Background is not selected with this shortcut.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts (Layer > Arrange):

  • Option + “[“ or “]” (Mac) | Alt + “[“ or “]” (Win) targets the layer above or below the currently targeted layer.
  • Option + Shift + “] “or + “[“ (Mac) | Alt + Shift + “] “or + “[“ (Win) adds the next layer up or down to the targeted layer(s) (note when you get to the top or bottom of the layer stack, Photoshop will “wrap around” to continue adding/subtracting layers).
  • Option  + “,“ or “.”  (Mac) | Alt  + “,“ or “.” (Win) targets the bottom/top -most layer.
  •  Option + Shift + “,“ or “.”  (Mac) | Alt + Shift + “,“ or “.”  (Win) targets all layers that fall between the currently targeted layer to the top or bottom of the layer stack.

Using the Layer name: Option + Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift + F (Win) will toggle on “Layer Search” (in the Layers panel), and automatically select “Filter By Name”. Just type in the name of the layer to quickly find it. This is very convenient if you have named your layers and know the name of the layer that you are looking for.  : )

Filtering by Type of layer: Choose a “Filter Type” by clicking the drop down menu at the top left of the Layers panel and choose from Kind, Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute, Color, Smart Object, Selected, or Artboard. Then, use the corresponding options that appear to the right of the Filter Type to narrow down the search.

The “light switch” to the right of the Filter options toggles the filtering on and off. Note: when filtering by Kind and Smart Object, you can click on more than one icon at a time in order to narrow down the search. Click an icon again to toggle if off.

Isolate Layers (or the “Selected” filter option): The Isolate Layers feature helps reduce the complexity of the layers panel by toggling the visibility of unselected layers on the Layers panel. To enable the feature, select the desired layers in the Layers panel, and choose Select > Isolate Layers. Only the layers that are selected will be displayed in the Layers panel.

In the screenshot on the left, the Steam layers are selected in the Layers panel. After selecting Select > Isolate Layers, the screenshot on the right shows the Layers panel with only the Steam layers visible.

Choose Select > Isolate Layers again to toggle it off. Note: you might want to add a custom keyboard shortcut to Select > Isolate Layers to make toggling the feature easier. To temporarily disable Isolate layers (in order to change which layers are selected for example), toggle the Filter switch to the right of the filter criteria on the layers panel.

Another method of enabling Isolate Layers is to use the Layer panel. Choose “Selected” from the Filter pull-down menu. To turn off Isolation mode, choose Kind (or another filter option) from the filter menu.

Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when using the Direct/Path Selection tools in Active Layers mode.

So, which way is the “right” way to select Layers? Easy – the way that you prefer for your workflow! : )

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February 19, 2015

Selecting with the Marquee Tool in Photoshop

• Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key while dragging with the Marquee tools creates a selection from the center.
• Holding the Shift key will constrain the Marquee to a square or circle.
• After starting to draw a selection using the Marquee tool, holding the spacebar (while still holding the mouse down) allows the repositioning of the origin of the selection. Releasing the spacebar (while still holding the mouse down) allows continuation of drawing of the selection.

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October 14, 2014

Feathering the Edges of a Selection Along the Edge of a Document in Photoshop CC

In previous versions of Photoshop, if you selected an area of an image that included an edge area and then chose Select >Modify > Feather, the Feather would be added to the entire selection. While this might be desirable in some instances, in the majority of cases, it would be ideal if the feather was only applied within the image (and not to the edges). As a result, in the current version, the engineering team has changed the default behavior so that they feather is not applied at the edge (the canvas bounds) of an image.

In this illustration the Quick Select tool was used to select the clouds. 

In this illustration the Quick Select tool was used to select the clouds.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option unchecked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image but was unaffected along the edges.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option unchecked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image but the selection was unaffected along the edges of the canvas.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option checked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image as well as along the edges.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option checked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image as well as along the edges of the canvas.

This is also true for the following commands:

Select > Modify > Smooth…

Select > Modify > Expand…

Select > Modify > Contract…

Note: the checkbox option will be remembered for each individual selection modification option. The checkbox default is Off on first launch as well as when the Photoshop Preferences are deleted.

5:04 AM Permalink
October 13, 2014

Modifying Selections in Photoshop CC 2014

In previous versions of Photoshop, when the entire document was selected (Select > All), the only available option under the  Select  > Modify menu was Border (the rest were grayed out). Now, you can choose to Smooth, Contract, Expand and Feather when the entire document is selected.

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September 17, 2014

48/50 – Color Range Improvements in Photoshop CC

There were some very useful improvements made to Color Range in Photoshop CC. When choosing to select the Shadows, Midtones or Highlights in your image, there are now controls to modify the range (used to select the threshold value), and fuzziness (used to gradually fan out the selection for smoothness). These new capabilities enable you to be more specific in defining the areas in your image that you want to select based on luminosity values (previously these selections had been based on fixed values.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

5:33 AM Permalink
December 20, 2011

LR3 – Selecting and Deselecting Images

• Command + A (Mac) | Control + A (Win) will select all images.

• Command + D (Mac) | Control + D (Win) will deselect all images.

• Command + Option + A (Mac) | Control + Alt + A (Win) will select all Flagged photos.

• Command + Option + D (Mac) | Control + Alt + D (Win) will deselect all Flagged photos.

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January 26, 2011

LR3 – Making Changes to Images in Grid View

When multiple files are selected in the Library module, making changes (adding metadata, applying Quick edits etc.) to files in the Grid view  will change ALL of the images that are selected, if viewing Loupe view, then ONLY the “most selected” image will be changed.

5:50 AM Permalink
January 25, 2011

LR3 – Selecting Multiple Images in Grid View

Lightroom’s Grid view shares many of the same keyboard shortcuts as other programs do for making selections including:

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click (on the image’s thumbnail) to select multiple, discontiguous images in grid view.

•  Shift -click to select a range of contiguous images.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + A to Select All

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + D to Deselect All

In addition, when multiple images are selected in Lightroom, one of the images will be “more” selected than the others (and the grey frame around the “more” selected image will appear brighter/lighter than the others.) Lightroom has some additional shortcuts which make it easier to select/deselect multiple images:

•  “/” (forward slash) deselects the active photo. If multiple photos are selected, the “most selected” image will be deselected.

•  If multiple images are selected, clicking in the gray frame/border area around one of the selected images will deselect all images except the one clicked upon.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + D selects all photos except the “most selected.

5:48 AM Permalink
October 6, 2010

Selecting Layers via the Layers Panel

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + left/right bracket will select the next layer up/down in the Layers panel. Adding the Shift key adds to the selection.

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November 18, 2009

Selecting Points on a Curve

With the On-image tool selected on the Curves Adjustments panel (that’s the one that looks like the hand with the up/down arrow – otherwise known as the “scrubby slider”, as oppose to any of the eyedropper tools), Shift + (plus) will select the next point on the curve and Shift + (minus) will select the previous point.  Shift -click multiple points on the curve to select more than one and move them all at once. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + D will deselect all selected points.

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June 30, 2009

Selecting Layer Groups

To automatically select Layer Groups (as oppose to selecting individual layers), with the Move tool selected, check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Group from the pull-down menu.

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June 22, 2009

Targeting Layers via the Keyboard

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + “[“ or “]” targets the layer above or below the currently targeted layer.
• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) +Shift + “] “or + “[“ adds the next layer up or down to the targeted layer(s) (note when you get to the top or bottom of the layer stack, Photoshop will “wrap around” to continue adding/subtracting layers).
• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + “,“ or “.” targets the bottom/top -most layer.
• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + “,“ or “.” targets all layers that fall between the currently targeted layer to the top or bottom of the layer stack.

Note: these shortcuts are essential when recording actions as they help to select layers, but do not record the specific “name” of the layer in the action.

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