How Is Saved Selection Available to Another Opened Image?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by maria, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. maria

    maria Guest

    I have an image. I select an area with the magic wand and save the
    selection. I also save the .psd file so that the selection will be
    available later. Now, here is the question:
    How can I have this selection available for anothe image
    that I have opened with File/Open?
    I have not closed the previous image.

    maria, Feb 11, 2006
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  2. maria

    Pod Press Guest

    On its own layer, fill the re-selected selection with black (or any color)
    then, from the layer palette, drag and drop into the second image, delete
    the fill and then save the selection.

    Pod Press, Feb 11, 2006
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  3. maria

    maria Guest


    I did what you said, but when I dragged and dropped the selection from
    its own layer into the second image, I didn't get the flashing
    selection border itself there. What do you mean by "delete the fill"?
    Would the selection border appear if I deleted the fill?
    Thank you very much for your help!

    maria, Feb 11, 2006
  4. Drag and drop is easiest: open both images side by side, choose one of
    the selection tools (the wand is fine), then click and drag from inside
    the selected area over to the other image.

    Or, in the image with the selection, Select->Save Selection, give it a
    name, then drag the newly created channel from the channels palette onto
    the other image from where you can manipulate it. Quick mask is a
    shortcut around the "save selection" step.
    Derek Fountain, Feb 11, 2006
  5. maria

    tacit Guest

    That's a clumsy and awkward way to do it.

    A selection is saved as a channel. The easy, one-step way to do this is
    to use the Channels palette. No clumsy working with layers when what you
    actually want is channels.

    Or, if both images have the same pixel dimensions, you can just use the
    Select->Load Selection command to load the selection from where it is
    saved in thee other image.
    tacit, Feb 11, 2006
  6. maria

    Pod Press Guest

    The selection won't show the "marching ants" border until you reselect it.
    In the layer palette, command/click on the layer and you will see the
    border, then you can save the selection. Don't worry about deleting the
    fill--once you have the selection saved, you can trash the whole layer.

    Pod Press, Feb 12, 2006
  7. maria

    Hunt Guest


    Both Tacit and Derek have the easiest answers for you. Tacit mentioned that
    the resolution/dimensions of BOTH images need to be the same, and that should
    be underlined. The workaround, if they are not (I'd go to Edit>Image Size and
    make them equal), is to Transform the Selection, once it is into your second
    image, but starting at the same size/rez is far easier, especially if the
    Selection is intricate, and I assume that one made with the Magic Wand would

    Hunt, Feb 13, 2006
  8. maria

    maria Guest

    Thank you guys, Pod Press, tacit, Derek Fountain, and Hunt for yor
    help. I appreciate it.

    maria, Feb 22, 2006
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