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Removing holes within a mask

Explorer ,
May 28, 2020 May 28, 2020

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Say you use the Magic Wand tool to select the orange border, but want to remove the inner mask in order to select the entire image. How do you do that quickly without using the Rectangular Marquee Tool to subtract the inner mask? I can do it quickly in Corel PhotoPaint because there's a specific masking tool for it, but I'm learning to use Adobe PS CC for the first time. Thanks for any help. And by the way, is there a special forum within this Photoshop Community that helps with users coming from Corel PhotoPaint? Just wondering.

 

Let me clarify: I meant the removal of the inner marquee when selecting the orange frame. It's doable like in the video, but for much more complex shapes I want to be able to quickly remove all the inside marquees, leaving only the outer one.

 

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May 28, 2020 May 28, 2020

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There isn't any special forum on how to migrate from Corel products. I do not quite understand your request but here is the hint: you can subtract from selection using Alt key or to use Ctrl + Alt + click on channel or layer's thumbnail to subtract from active selection.

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Explorer ,
May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020

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Bojan, Perhaps your solution was correct but I couldn't duplicate the procedure you mentioned. I think my description wasn't quite accurate. But my video above should clarify it.

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May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020

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You can temporary switch to any tool. Depend on situation sometimes freehand lasso may be the best option, other times rectangular marquee, other times that will be qick select... It is matter of situation and you will be able to recognize what to use with time and experience. Here is my tutorial on topic switching between tools, you can find and other similar tutorials on web and YouTube https://youtu.be/f_gmDqYPDf4

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May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020

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I agree with Bojan. You can subtract from a selction using the alt key and you can use any of the selection tools.

Therefore, for eample, you can use the magic wand tool again while pressing the alt key.

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May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020

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Are you talking about an actual Layer Mask or a Selection? 

Could you please post a screenshot with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Channels, Options Bar, …) visible? 

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Apr 20, 2024 Apr 20, 2024

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I used to use Micrografx picture publisher back in the 90's and they had a function like this.  It really helped my workflow for the type of art I was doing.  I was able to quickly select the black lines of my inked work, then just use the function they had to close the gaps in the selection, then I was able to instantly lay down a flat color within the borders of my inked work.  Too bad Adobe hasn't come up with a similar function yet.

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