Converting selection layers to image selections

Converting an area you block off in a selection layer into an actual selection to use on an image layer is a pretty simple process. You can do it in two ways:

If* Use the Magic Wand tool to select areas from the currently active layer.

i* From the main menu, choose Selection^Convert Layer to Selection (Ctrl+F; ยงยง + F on the Mac), which converts all visible selection layers into a selection.

When converted, you see the familiar marching ants selection around the area(s) you've chosen. (See Figure 9-23.) From there, it's a matter of highlighting the image layer you want to work on from the Layers palette and doing whatever you want to with your selection!

Alternatively, you can use the Convert Layer to Selection button (located on the Layers palette next to the Selection title) instead of selecting the function from the main menu.

Figure 9-22:

Block off areas on a selection layer that you'll later convert to an image layer selection.

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You can also take any visible selection layers you have and add them to or subtract them from an existing image layer selection. (See Figure 9-24.) This works like changing the Selection Type of a selection tool. (See the "Additional functions" section, earlier in this chapter, for an explanation.)

You can use either of these functions from the main menu by choosing Selections-Add Layer to Selection or SelectionOSubtract Layer From Selection.

Figure 9-24:

You can convert selection layers to add to or remove from an existing image layer selection.

Figure 9-24:

You can convert selection layers to add to or remove from an existing image layer selection.

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