How to Get Rid Of Selection Lines in Photoshop? Make the Dotted Line Go Away

Many new Adobe Photoshop users don’t know how to get rid of selection lines in Photoshop. Interestingly, it is a very easy trick to perform.

Matter of fact, for the veteran Photoshop users, it is a meter of mere seconds to getting rid of selection lines in Adobe Photoshop.

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Getting rid of selection lines in Photoshop is very simple

On top of that, they know multiple ways to hide the selection lines in Photoshop. Do you want to know that as well?

If that is the case for you, then you have come to the right place. In this post, we will outline all the methods of getting rid of the selection lines in Photoshop.

So, let’s dive right in…

How to Get Rid of Selection Lines in Photoshop

Method #1 Hiding the Selection line in Photoshop

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Hide selection lines is one option

In this process, you will not deselect the selected part in the imager. Rather, this trick will allow you to hide the selection lines from the view.

This trick will come in handy if you want to show someone an unedited image without the selection lines visible.

Interestingly, there are a couple of ways to hide the selection lines in Adobe Photoshop. Let’s learn both of the methods here.

Variation #1

If you are using Windows PC, then simply press the ‘CTRL+H’ keys on the keyboard at the same time. In doing so, you will see that the selection lines have become invisible.

For the macOS users, you have to press the ‘CMD+H’ on your keyboard to perform the same task.

Now, what if you want to show the selection lines again? Simply, repeat the process and the selected area will be visible again.

This way, you are not losing the selection and you can show the project in the middle of work without hampering the selection.

Variation #2

There is another way of hiding a selection in Adobe Photoshop. In this way, you will have to navigate to the top menu bar and click on the ‘View’ option from there.

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That way, a dropdown menu will appear, you have to select the ‘Extras’ option from there. Instantly, the selection lines will disappear from your sight.

Method #2 How to Get Rid of Selection Lines using the Mouse Pointer

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Use your mouse pointer to remove selection lines

This is a fast and easy method to hide the selection line or deselecting in Photoshop. Here’s how…

  • From the left side toolbar, select any of the selection tools
  • Now, click on anywhere on the outside of the selected part on the image and it will be deselected

Method #3 Remove the Selection Lines Using the Selection Menu

Use the selection menu to remove selection lines

In this section, we will show another way of hiding the selection line. However, this is a different one from the other methods.

You know that there are various types of selection tools in Photoshop such as Magic Wand tool, Quick Selection tool, Lasso tools, Marque tools, and more.

This method is applicable only for the Marque or Lasso tool. So if you have used the Marque or Lasso selection tools to select any portion of an image, then this method will work. Let’s check this out…

Steps to Follow

  • As usual, you would have to make a selection with either the Lasso or Marque tool first
  • Next, right-click on the selected area. In doing so, a new overlay many will appear
  • Now, simply click on ‘Deselect’ from the options in the overlay menu

In doing so, this will remove the selection lines from the picture in Photoshop.

Method #4 Use the ‘Select’ Menu Settings

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another way of using the menu to de-select the lines

This method should work all the time. Here we will be using the ‘Select’ menu from Photoshop. Let’s see how to do this…

  • First, you have to select an area in the image
  • Now, navigate to the top menu bar in Adobe Photoshop and click on the ‘Select’ option from there
  • That way a new overlay menu will appear. You will have to click on the ‘Deselect’ option from the menu

In doing so, all the selected lines will be disappeared as every selection will be deselected.

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Method #5 Get Rid of the Selection Lines with Keyboard Shortcut

Keyboard shortcuts are another easy way to do it

From the title above, you can see that we are going to use keyboard shortcuts to get rid of the selection lines in Adobe Photoshop in this method.

If you like keyboard shortcuts while using Adobe Photoshop then you will love this method. Here we go…

Steps to Follow

  • First of all, you will have to make a selection in Adobe Photoshop. Then if you want to deselect the selection in Windows PC, simply press on the ‘CTRL+D’ keys on your keyboard simultaneously. In doing so, the selection lines will disappear
  • And, if you are using a Mac, then you have to press the ‘CMD+D’ keyboard shortcut to attain a similar result on macOS

If you have followed the steps above, the selected area on Photoshop will be deselected instantly. That means the selection lines will be gone as well.

Additional Tip: Reselect an Area in Photoshop

Simply reselecting an area will also change the selection lines

Till now, we have shown you how to get rid of the selection lines in Adobe Photoshop. And among the methods, we have shared various methods of deselecting in Photoshop.

But what if you want to bring back the selection or reselect an area? Fear not! We have solutions for that as well. In this instance, you will have to use the ‘Reselect’ function in Photoshop. Let’s see how…

Steps to Follow

  • This method will work after you have deselected or hidden the selection lines
  • Now, navigate to the top menu bar, and click on the ‘Select’ option from there
  • Then, an overlay menu will appear. Simply, click on the ‘Reselect’ option for there
  • In an instant, the selection lines will re-appear and your selection will be re-selected again
how to get rid of selection lines in photoshop

However, if you want to perform this same task using keyboard shortcuts, we have tricks for you as well. Here’s how…

Steps to Follow

  • If you are using a Windows PC, then simply press the ‘SHIFT+CTRL+D’ keys at once on your keyboard. That way the selection you have just deselected will re-appear
  • Alternatively, for the macOS users, you will have to press the ‘SHIFT+ CMD + D’ keyboard shortcut to attain the same result

Sum Up

So, there you have it. Now you know how to get rid of selection lines in Adobe Photoshop.

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Above, we have shared several valid methods of removing the selection liens in Photoshop. It is up to you which one you are going to use. All of these methods are very beginner-friendly and easy to use.

Once you use them, you will get used to it. We hope that you will not have any issues with removing the selection lines in Adobe Photoshop from now on.

Additionally, we have also shown you how to reselect in case you have deselected accidentally in Photoshop.

If you have tried the methods above, you can let us know which method worked for you the best. And, before you go, you can read our post about 25 things you can do Microsoft Paint.

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