October 14, 2014
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 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 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.
October 13, 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.
September 17, 2014
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.
December 20, 2011
• 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.
January 26, 2011
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.
January 25, 2011
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.
October 6, 2010
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.
November 18, 2009
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.
June 30, 2009
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.
June 22, 2009
• 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.