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How to Save and Load Selections in Photoshop Elements 11

If you’ve invested valuable time perfecting a complex selection in Photoshop Elements 11, you'll want to save it for future use. It’s extremely easy to do and will prevent you from having to start from square one again. Here’s what you do:

  1. After you make your selection, choose Select→Save Selection.

  2. In the Save Selection dialog box, leave the Selection option set to New and enter a name for your selection.

    The option defaults to New Selection.

    [Credit: ©Kylie Obermeier]
    Credit: ©Kylie Obermeier
  3. Click OK.

  4. When you want to access the selection again, choose Select→Load Selection and choose a selection from the Selection drop-down menu.

    To inverse your selection, click the Invert box. Note that you also have options to add to, subtract from, or intersect with your selection. These options can come in handy if you want to modify your existing selection. For example, you may select just the head of a person and not the full body.

    You later decide that you need the whole person. Rather than make a whole new selection, you can select just the body and then choose Add to Selection, and you have your whole person. If you want, you can then save the whole person as a new selection for later use.

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