Lesson G: Saving & Loading Selections

Selection to Channel

Some selections take a while to make, and sometimes we discover we need them again. Luckily there is a way to store them and bring them back to life.

  • Reopen the document called “F G color range.psd.”

In that document, we made a precise selection of everything except the sky pixels and used that selection to make a masked adjustment. That mask can get us that selection again!

  • Hold down the /Ctrl key and click on the adjustment layer’s mask. You’ve got marching ants again.

How? Photoshop covertly keeps track of mask pixels in the Channels panel. Let’s have a look.

  • Click on the mask again with no keys held down. We have to be sure its layer is highlighted and the mask is targeted. ...

Get Adobe Photoshop now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.