Posts tagged "Selections"

April 8, 2009

Loading Channels as Selections

After saving selections as channels, those channels can be loaded back into a selection with the following shortcuts:
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on the icon for a channel to load the channel as a selection.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift to add additional channels to the selection.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) to subtract another channel from the selection.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift to create the intersection of two channels.

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April 7, 2009

Saving Selections

After making complex selections, it is possible to save them for use again later but choosing Select / Save Selection. This saves the selection as an alpha channel. Alpha Channels can be saved in several file formats including Photoshop and TIFF (they can not be saved as part of a JPEG file however).

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April 2, 2009

Load Layer Contents as a Selection

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on the icon for a layer on the Layer’s panel.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift to add additional layers to the selection.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) to subtract another layer from the selection.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift to create the intersection of two layers.

7:49 AM Permalink
April 1, 2009

Selecting Similar Layers

Quickly select all of your Type layers by targeting one in the Layers panel and then choose Select > Similar Layers. This also works with Adjustment layers, Fill layers, Smart Objects etc.

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March 31, 2009

Selecting with the Marquee Tool

• 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, 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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March 30, 2009

Common Shortcuts for the Selection Tools

The Marquee, Lasso, Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools all share some common shortcuts that can help you when making more complex selections (Instead of using the icons in the Options bar):
• Holding the Shift key and dragging with the tool will add to an existing selection.
• Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) and dragging with the tool will subtract from the original selection.
• Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift and dragging with the tool will produce the intersection of selections.
• After creating a selection, you can move a it by 1 pixel with the arrow keys. Add the Shift key to move in increments of 10 pixels.
• Holding the Shift key after beginning to move a selection or layer will constrain the movement to multiples of 45° (0°, 45°, 90° etc.).

6:23 AM Permalink
April 6, 2008

Video Tutorial – The Creative Composite “Drifting”

Explore several of the new tools in Photoshop CS3 in this video tutorial (The Creative Composite “Drifting”), as Julieanne Kost walks you though the creation of a digital composite she created based on a personal assignment for the concept drifting.

2:58 PM Permalink
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