How to marching ants select the outline of the layer?

Engaged ,
Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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How to marching ants select the outline of the layer? 


If I want to just marching ants select the entire outline of every piece on this layer, how do I do it at an instant?

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Enthusiast , Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022
You mean, all the pixels there?  Ctrl-click on the layer icon.

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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Here's one easy way:

-Duplicate the layer

-Color Overlay (any color. I use black usually)

-Layer>Rasterize>Layer Style

-On the dupe layer, select with Magic Wand tool

-Ta-Da! Marching ants

Now you can go to the original layer and use the selection on it.

FR-ANTS-1.jpg

 

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FR-ANTS-5.jpg

-edit formatting

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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wouldn't ctrl+left-click on the layer do the same?

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You mean, all the pixels there?  Ctrl-click on the layer icon.

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If I want to just marching ants select the entire outline of every piece on this layer, how do I do it at an instant?


By @AntDX316

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Use Ctrl + A to select ALL.

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
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Engaged ,
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Ctrl+A does nothing

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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It works on Windows.

What OS do you have?

 

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Engaged ,
Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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Windows 11 x64 Pro

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 18, 2022 Jun 18, 2022

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Does Ctrl + A work in your other apps?

https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/c/ctrl-a.htm

If not, something is wrong with your Windows installation.

 

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Jun 18, 2022 Jun 18, 2022

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Ctrl+A obviously works, I meant it doesn't do anything in PSD to create marching ants

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 18, 2022 Jun 18, 2022

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Which Tool & Settings are selected?  See screenshot.

 

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that's a cool feature, what are good examples using that?

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