Posts tagged "Selections"

October 28, 2013

Aligning Multiple Layers in Photoshop

If you have multiple layers and you need to align the content of the layers (left, right or center aligned), you can select those layers in the Layers panel and then, with the Move tool selected, choose the desired alignment option.


In the illustration on the left, all of the circles are on different layers and all of the layers are selected. Then, with the move tool selected, the Align center option was chosen in the Options bar. The circles are aligned based on their locations.

If you want to align the layers to a specific location, use the marquee to select that location and then choose the alignment option.


When a selection is made in the image (the dotted line in the image) and the align option is selected, the circles are aligned to the selection. 


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October 21, 2013

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 and fuzziness – thus enabling you to be more specific in defining the areas in your image that you want to select based on luminosity 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. 

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September 25, 2013

Anchor Point Selection

Three really helpful improvements were made in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with regards to anchor point selection:

• Path point selection is no longer retained when switching between layers.

• Clicking on a selected anchor point will select that point and deselect others.

• With anchor points not currently visible on a path, clicking on the location of an anchor point will select that point without any extra clicks.


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September 16, 2013

Selecting Paths In Photoshop CC (v14.1)

In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.


In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).

42CustomShortcutNote: Isolation Mode is inactive when in Active Layers mode.

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August 15, 2013

Drag Select Multiple Paths in Photoshop CC

In Photoshop CC, you can use the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if they are on different layers. In previous versions, all of the shapes would have had to have been on the same layer to select them.


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February 7, 2013

Creating a Selection from a Layer or Mask in Photoshop

To load the transparency of a layer or the contents of a Layer Mask as a selection, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on a layer or layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel. You can then add, subtract or intersect the transparency mask of that layer (or any other layer) to that initial selection by right mouse clicking on the layer thumbnail, or with the following shortcuts:

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift to add additional layer and or layer mask to the selection.

• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) to subtract another layer and or layer mask from the selection.

• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift to create the intersection of two layers and or layer masks.

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January 11, 2013

Decimal Place Support for Tool Feather Attribute in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, the Marquee, Lasso, and Properties panel support more accurate feather values – including support for multiple decimal place values just like the feather dialog box (Select > Modify > Feather).


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June 22, 2012

Photoshop’s Mask Panel – Nondestructive Edge Softening

When adding a mask to a layer in Photoshop, instead of guessing at the size of a feather that should be applied (because we know that the feather amount will vary depending on the resolution of the image and the desired softness of the edge that is being feathered), use the non-destructive Feather option  on the Properties panel. To access the mask properties, click on the mask icon on the Properties Panel. Now, you can add a feather to soften an edge yet, if the image is resized or other adjustments need to be made at a later time, the feather can be appropriately adjusted.

And while you’re in the Properties panel, and the focus is on the mask, be sure to check out the non-destructive Density slider to reduce the opacity (density) of the mask.

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February 25, 2012

Lightroom – Selecting Every Other Image

Last week, I had a series of 600 images in a time-lapse series of some clouds moving over a mountain, but I only wanted to use 300 of them to turn into a short video clip in Photoshop. My dilemma was that I needed a quick way to select every other image. I adjusted the thumbnail view so that I could see as many thumbnail icons at one time, and made sure that there were an even number showing in the rows. Then I selected the Painter tool, loaded it with the Flag attribute and swiped from top to bottom along every other column. Once I had flagged every other image, I filtered by flag, chose select all, and then put the 300 images into a collection. Voila!

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February 13, 2012

Photoshop – Making Selections

Sometimes it’s easier to make a selection of an object if the contrast between the subject and the background is greater. In order to temporarily add more contrast, try adding an adjustment layer (such as Curves or Levels), and boost the contrast significantly. Then, then make the selection and, when finished, discard the adjustment layer.

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December 22, 2011

LR3 – Deselect All Images But One

To deselect all images and only select the one clicked on, click in the gray slidemount area around the photo’s thumbnail in Grid view. Click here for more information about Mastering the Mysterious Multi Select in Lightroom. This video was first published on 2011-02-08.


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August 24, 2011

Refine Edge

If you used the Extract feature in past versions of Photoshop, and are looking for a tutorial on how to move to the  improved technology found in Refine Edge, visit Mark Wheeler’s post here:

Refine Edge = Extract on Steroids

And check out Dr. Russell Brown’s training video too!


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February 11, 2011

LR3 -Auto Advance to the Next Image

Holding the Shift key or turning on the Caps Locks will auto advance to the next image after applying a label, flag or rating.

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February 8, 2011

Video Tutorial – Mastering the Mysterious “Multi-Select” in Lightroom

In this Episode of the Complete Picture (Mastering the Mysterious “Multi-Select” in Lightroom) I will reveal  essential shortcuts and little known features that will make navigating the grid view in Lightroom far more efficient.

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September 10, 2010

Select All Layers

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

Note: to convert the Background into a layer, drag the Lock icon (on the Background layer in the Layers panel) to the trash.

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