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If you hit Delete when making a selection area can the pixels in or out of it be deleted only please

Community Beginner ,
Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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I don't know why but it's deleting pixels inside the selected area I made by left clicking while holding ctrl in and clicking on the layers image icon to make the selection

and when I go to paint them back in it goes outside the selection area..


My usual fix for it is first making a copy of the layer
then hiding the original
hitting ctrl J heaps of times to make copies then ctrl E to compile them
(there had to be an easier way to get pixels back like this cause it wastes so much time)

making a selection from the original image whilst on the copiled copy layer
hitting inverse and then hitting delete, same problem.

is there a setting i'm missing to specifically delete inside or outside the selection area if I selected inverse or not?

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Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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is there a setting i'm missing to specifically delete inside or outside the selection area if I selected inverse or not?

By @Clay27030956lphw

 

I read your post three times and can't quite follow what you are doing, but here is the easy way:

  • Make a selection on the layer
  • Click the Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers panel to hide what you don't want to see.
  • Type "D" to set your colors to B&W
  • Use the Brush tool to paint non-destructively on the mask (not on the image) to fine-tune what you are seeing/hiding

 

https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/masking.html 

 

Jane

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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Hey Jane
Did you see the pictures I Posted?

 

 

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Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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@Clay27030956lphw 

 

Yes.

 

Jane

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Community Expert ,
Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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Are you saying that app is deleting pixels on its own when you Ctrl + click on layer thumbnail to create selection from transparency?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2023 Mar 28, 2023

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Hmm, I seem to have made a work around it.

 

You hit ctrl J heaps of times to make copies then ctrl E them all execpt the last one
you then use that last one as a reference to delete pixels off the copies.
when you deleted all the pixels you delete the original

 

takes a while but I guess it's what happens if theres faded pixels. \__(o,o)__/

 

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Mar 28, 2023 Mar 28, 2023

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Selections are anti-aliased i.e. the edges of diagonals are feathered so as not to introduce visible stepping.

You could instead add a mask and draw on it with the pencil tool which is not anti-aliased. Copying the layer and inverting the mask gives an exact invert.

 

Dave

 

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