Quick Select

You use the Quick Selection feature to convert a selection layer into an image layer selection.

But wait, isn't that what the Convert Layer to Selection function is for? Yes, but unlike that function, the Quick Select command focuses on only one layer at a time. What's more, you can switch between selection layers, and the program automatically converts the active selection to match the active layer's selection area. So, you don't need to go back to the Convert Layer to Selection command every time you switch selection layers.

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Use the Quick Mask to create a temporary selection area.

Figure 9-25:

Use the Quick Mask to create a temporary selection area.

That's what makes it quick.

To use this function, iollow these steps:

1. Highlight the Selection layer you want to work from.

2. From the main menu, choose Selection1 MJse Quick Select. Or you can press Ctrl+Shift+M on your keyboard (¡K+Shift+M on the Mac).

All of the selection layers are turned invisible, and the current selection area is converted to an image layer selection. (See Figure 9-26.)

3. Highlight the image layer you want to work on, and use the selection however you'd like.

4. If you want to use a different selection, highlight the selection layer you want to use.

The old selection is converted to match the active selection layer.

5. Repeat as necessary.

6. When you're all done, choose Selection1: Use Quick Select from the main menu to turn it off.

Alternatively, you can use the Quick Mask and Quick Select buttons (located on the Layers palette next to the Selection title) to toggle the functions on and off.


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