Selections are one of the most powerful tools in Photoshop, but when you don’t want to select anything it’s a little difficult. Selecting something is easy enough: just click on it with your mouse. But how do you unselect or deselect an object? There are many ways that will work so we’ll go through them all so that you’re prepared for any situation.
1) Press Ctrl+D to deselect everything (Ctrl+A is the same thing as Ctrl+D). This shortcut works in almost every version of Photoshop and should be used if there isn’t a specific way listed for your version below. The only downside is that if you have multiple layers selected then they’ll all become unselected.
Ctrl+D to deselect everything. This shortcut works in almost every version of Photoshop and should be used if there isn’t a specific way listed for your version below. The only downside is that if you have multiple layers selected then they’ll all become unselected.
The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-A, or Command-A will also work as the same thing as Ctrl-D, but it’s important to note that this command will select ALL objects on your canvas while selecting nothing with a simple click does not! Pressing Ctrl+Shift-+ (Command + Shift -) lets you toggle between grouped and expanded selections which can come in handy when working with nested shapes such as stars within circles inside squares etcetera. It should be noted that when you deselect with this shortcut, all objects within the selection become unselected.
Command+D to deselect everything
Ctrl+Shift-+ (Command + Shift -) to toggle between grouped and expanded selections
Pressing Ctrl+D or Command + D will also work as the same thing as Ctrl-D but it’s important to note that this command will select ALL objects on your canvas while selecting nothing by clicking does not! It should be noted that when you deselect with this shortcut, all objects in the selection becomes unselected.”
Pressing Ctrl+D or Command + D will also work as the same thing as Ctrl-D but it’s important to note that this command will select ALL objects on your canvas while selecting nothing by clicking does not! It should be noted that when you deselect with this shortcut, all objects within the selection becomes unselected.”
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Tip: “To deselect an object in Photoshop, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-D (Command-D will work as well) or click on the right mouse button and select “deselect” from the drop down menu.”
Holding your cursor over a selected area will highlight it with a blinking border. To deselect that area, you can either press “Ctrl + D” to do so with your keyboard, or simply left-click to make it active again. You can also easily reenact this process by holding CTRL before selecting another part of the image for editing purposes. This is particularly useful if you have made some edits but want to undo them quickly without going back through all of those steps. By holding CTRL while selecting the area you want to undo, it will be deselected.
to undo or deselect an object in Photoshop
click on the layer thumbnail that you want to select
ctrl+A: selects all visible layers and objects, including hidden ones.
shift + click: will only highlight a single item instead of multiple items when using ctrl+a.
press alt while clicking on one layer’s thumbnail (or press shift) will automatically switch between selecting and not highlighting individual layers. this way is far more intuitive for people who are used to working with traditional drawing programs like illustrator where there is no selection tool available
Tips from the author as how to use shortcuts well in photoshop so they can work fast and efficient without having any difficulties especially if it’s their first time using it.
ctrl+click on an object will select multiple objects
hold ctrl and press a letter from the alphabet to quickly jump into one of nine different sections in photoshop’s toolbar: move, selection, transform, edit menu, channels panel (if enabled), layers panel (if enabled) [etc.]
A guide for how shortcuts can help users work faster without interrupting their workflow by taking them away from where they are currently working or wasting time scrolling through menus. It also make sure that they don’t have any difficulties while using these shortcut keys so they can be proficient with Photoshop even if this is their first time using it.
shift + click when selecting layer thumbnails will automatically switch between selections and deselect any other layers that were previously selected
ctrl + click on a layer thumbnail will automatically select the layer and deselect all of the others. This is also useful for selecting multiple layers from different artboards or documents by dragging a marquee selection around them in one go.