How to Deselect in Photoshop

By Ann Johnson

When editing a digital image in Photoshop, specific areas of the picture can be selected. When selected, editing commands can be applied just to those selected areas. It is also possible to select the entire image. Selecting portions of the picture can be done with many of the Photoshop tools, such as the Marquee tools, Lasso tools and Pen tools. When an area is selected, it will be surrounded with a dotted line. When you no longer want the area selected, you must deselect to remove the dotted lines.

Step 1

Verify the photo or a portion of the photo has been selected. In the photograph, the grapefruit half on the left side has been selected with the Elliptical Marquee tool. The selected area is encircled by a dotted line.

Step 2

Click on the "Select" link in the horizontal menu bar located on the top of the screen.

Step 3

Click on "Deselect" in the drop-down menu that opens. After you click "Deselect," the menu will close.

Step 4

Verify the section has been deselected. If the dotted lines are no longer there, the area has been deselected.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the selection has been made with the Elliptical Marquee tool, Rectangle Marquee tool or the Lasso tool, you can deselect by clicking outside the selected area.

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