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Selection Tricks for Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of Photoshop Elements 7 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To make changes to a picture or part of a picture with Photoshop Elements, you need to make selections. Fortunately, Elements offers a whole bunch of shortcuts to help you select, deselect, add to, and cut from what’s on the screen or in the photo. This table lists selection shortcuts:

To Do This . . . Do This . . .
Add to selection Shift-drag
Deselect from a selection Alt-drag
Deselect all but intersected area Shift+Alt-drag
Deselect Ctrl+D
Reselect last selection Ctrl+Shift+D
Select everything on current layer Ctrl+A
Hide selection outline Ctrl+H
Cut selection Ctrl+X
Copy selection Ctrl+C
Paste last cut or copied image Ctrl+V
Paste into a selection Ctrl+Shift+V
Adjust levels Ctrl+L
Adjust hue or saturation Ctrl+U
Adjust image size Ctrl+Alt+I
Open pop-up menu for Create options Ctrl+Alt+C