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Inverting a selection not working

Community Beginner ,
Jun 06, 2019 Jun 06, 2019

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I have been following a tutorial on how to mask complex images and when I get to the point of having pure black and white regions, I make a selection on the white part of the image but then want to invert the two region colors. CTRL I cause the white area to turn black but does not turn the black white so I end up with an all black screen. What am I doing wrong? I did it 2 days ago and it worked perfectly, now it won't.

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Community Expert , Jun 06, 2019 Jun 06, 2019

If only the white is selected only the white areas will change when you invert. It sounds like you don't need to make a selection. If nothing is selected and the mask is active all you would need to do is CTRL I and all areas of the mask will inverse.

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Jun 06, 2019 Jun 06, 2019

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If only the white is selected only the white areas will change when you invert. It sounds like you don't need to make a selection. If nothing is selected and the mask is active all you would need to do is CTRL I and all areas of the mask will inverse.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 06, 2019 Jun 06, 2019

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Thank you!! That worked. Apparently the view I was watching had it wrong.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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You're welcome. I'm glad that worked for you!

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Participant ,
Sep 29, 2021 Sep 29, 2021

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I ran into the same problem..that is a great answer the only thing i will add is that its a little bit confusing cause its only seems that like a the black area is marked while the truth is that its only the white area is marked but because its sorrounding the black it look like the black area is selected 

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Community Expert ,
Jun 06, 2019 Jun 06, 2019

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hi if you have done 2 days ago correctly then just take a look a layers may be you have selected wrong layer...thanks

Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2024 Jan 10, 2024

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Hi, it is certainly too late for you, but for future people coming here:
Ctrl+I inverts the colors. Which makes your white become black.

To invert the selection, the correct shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+I or go to the menu Select > Inverse.

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Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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my inverse button is greyed out 

 

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