Saving a Selection as a Separate Layer

Saving a Selection as a Separate Layer

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Save a Selection as a Separate Layer in Photoshop



Selections can be made with the numerous tools in Photoshop. Once you make a selection, it can be saved as a Channel, a Layer Mask or converted to a Path.

In this topic we will create a selection, then save it as an object on a separate layer.

For more information on saving a selection as a Path, Channel or Layer Mask, see topics, Saving a Selection as a Path, Saving a Selection as a Channel and Saving a Selection as a Layer Mask.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Add a selection to the document by choosing the Elliptical Marquee tool (m key) and click-dragging in the workspace.

Step Three

Press Option/Delete (PC - Alt/Backspace) to fill the Ellipse with the Foreground color.

Step Four

To Copy/Paste your selected ellipse to a separate layer, select the Background layer and choose Cmd/j (PC - Ctrl/j).

Reloading the Selection

To quickly reload the selection of the new object layer, press Cmd (PC - Ctrl) and click the Layer icon for the object layer.


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