How To Deselect In Photoshop. How to Reselect and More

Knowing how to deselect in Photoshop is a compulsory skill. But if you are just starting to use this powerful photo editing software, then you might not be familiar with it. In that case, this will hamper your work to a greater extent.

As a result, we have come up with a tutorial post. And, in this post, we will tell you how to deselect in Adobe Photoshop. Furthermore, we will also share a few additional tutorials relevant to the selection tools in Photoshop.

So, if you are ready, then let’s begin…

How To Deselect In Photoshop

Method #1 Using Keyboard Shortcut

This is the easiest method to deselect in Photoshop. As you might have already guessed, we are going to use a keyboard shortcut to do that. Here’s how…

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Steps to Follow

  • After selecting a section in Adobe Photoshop, press the ‘CTRL + D’ (for Windows PC) keys at the same time on your keyboard to deselect the section
  • And, from macOS, you should press the ‘Cmd + D’ shortcut simultaneously on your keyboard

The moment you have pressed the above-mentioned shortcut keys, the selected area will be deselected in Adobe Photoshop.

Method #2 Using the Select Menu

Similar to the last one, this is also an easy method. Here we will use settings from the Adobe Photoshop itself. Here’s how to do it…

Steps to Follow

  • Assuming you have selected an area in Adobe Photoshop, click on the ‘Select’ option from the top menu bar
  • In doing so, an overlay menu will appear. Simply, click on the ‘Deselect’ option from the overlay menu
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That is it. With this, the portion you have selected earlier will be deselected.

Method #3 Using the Selection Menu

There are many selection tools in Adobe Photoshop like Marque tools, Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Lasso Tools, and more. Now, this next method works only in the case of the lasso tool or marquee tool.

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That means if you have selected an area on any image using either of these two tools, you will be able to use the next method. And, here’s how this works…

Steps to Follow

  • First, you have to select any section of an image using either the marquee or the lasso tool
  • Then right-click inside the selection and an overlay menu will appear
  • Next, you will have to click on the ‘Deselect’ option from the menu

That way the selection border will be removed from the image automatically.

Method #3 Using Mouse Pointer

Again, this method might not work for every selection tool. Still, you can try this one for deselecting fast.

Steps to Follow

  • Select any selection tool from the toolbar on the left sidebar
  • And, then click anywhere on the outside of the selected portion of the image to deselect

How to Reselect in Adobe Photoshop?

We have just learned multiple ways to deselect in Adobe Photoshop. However, there comes a time, you might have deselected a portion by mistake. And, in that case, you can use the ‘Reselect’ function.  Here’s how to do that…

Steps to Follow

  • You can click on the ‘Select’ option from the top menu bar
  • And, then click on the ‘Reselect’ option from the overlay menu
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  • This way, the selected area will be reselected automatically
  • Alternatively, you can press the ‘SHIFT + CTRL + D’ (for Windows PC) shortcut keys at the same time on your keyboard to reselect the last selection you made. And, for macOS, you should press the ‘SHIFT + CMD + D’ shortcut keys

How to Save a Selection in Adobe Photoshop?

After you have selected an area in Adobe Photoshop, you will need to save the selection. And, it is very easy to save any selection in Photoshop. Here’s how…

Steps to Follow

  • First, click on the ‘Select’ option from the top menu bar
  • And, then click on the ‘Save Selection’ option from the overlay menu to save the selection
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  • Alternatively, you can right-click inside the selected area and click on the ‘Save Selection’ option from the overlay menu
  • Then you can give a name to the newly saved selection under the name field in the ‘Save Selection’ dialog box
  • And, click on OK to close the dialog box
  • If you want to use the saved selection in the future, simply, navigate to the ‘Select’ option from the top menu bar and click on the ‘Load Selection’ option from the overlay menu
  • Now, you will be shown all the previously saved selections. Simply, choose the one you are looking for by its saved name

How to Hide a Selection in Adobe Photoshop?

There is an alternative way to hide a selection in Photoshop without directly deselecting it. To do that, you have to click on the ‘View’ option from the top menu bar. Then, click on the ‘Extras’ option from the overlay menu. In doing so, the selection will be hidden from the image but it will not be deselected.

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You can also press the ‘CTRL + H’ (for Windows) or ‘CMD + H’ (for macOS) keys on the keyboard at the same time to hide any selection. And, to make the selection area visible, you can repeat the steps mentioned above.

Hiding a selection can come in handy if you want to show your project to anybody in the middle of your work without losing the selection.

Sum Up

If you are still with us, then you know how to deselect in Photoshop. On top of that, we have also shown how to reselect, hide a selection, and even how to save a selection in Adobe Photoshop.

Additionally, we have shared multiple ways of deselecting a selection in Photoshop.

You can use any of the methods of your choice. So, if you are new to this powerful photo editing software, you will be able to accomplish more now. And if you are a Snapchat user, you can read our post on how to tell when someone was last on Snapchat.

As always, if you have any queries or suggestions, you can discuss that with us in the comment section below!

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