Using a Channel to Make a Selection

Using a Channel to Make a Selection

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use a Channel to MakeĀ a Selection in Photoshop



Selections can be made in Photoshop using a variety of tools. If you think you may need the selection in the future, it is worth saving.

Selections can be saved as paths, channels and layer masks. One advantage to channels over paths is that the selection is saved as a grayscale image where the white areas are selected and the black sections are not. The gray areas select the image with varying degrees of transparency.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Use one of the lasso tools to make a selection.

Step Three

In the Channels palette click the Save Selection as Channel icon.

Step Four

Double-click the channel name and rename the channel. Click the channel marked RGB to return to the image.

Step Five

Returning to the Layers palette, deselect the image (Cmd/d (PC-Ctrl/d)).

Step Six

To make your saved selection, choose Select > Load Selection.

Step Seven

Select your new channel from the Channel pull-down menu. Click the Invert box and click OK. Double-click the layer icon and press the Delete key to remove the non-object pixels.

Pen Tool Selections

For complex selections you may want to make your selection with the Pen tool. For more information, see topic Selecting With the Pen Tool.


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