Use the Inverse Command to Select the Opposite

Sometimes, the easiest way to make a selection might actually be to first select the opposite of what you want to select. For example, consider the Ducky.tif file found in the Samples folder of the Adobe Photoshop 7 folder. This file contains a single image of a yellow rubber duck on a white background. Because the background is a solid color—something easily selectable in Photoshop—you can use that background and the Inverse command to quickly select the duck.

TRY IT To use the Inverse command, first open the Ducky.tif file in Photoshop and use the

Magic Wand tool to select only the white background within the image. Then, choose Select I Inverse to have Photoshop change your selection to be the opposite of the white background, which in this case is the rubber duck (see Figure 5-3).

Figure 5-3 After selecting the white background in the Ducky.tif file, I choose Select | Inverse to have Photoshop select the exact opposite of the white background.

Some things to keep in mind when using this process are the following:

• You can use any selection tools to make the initial selection, and are not restricted to using the Magic Wand tool.

• When you do use the Magic Wand tool to make the initial selection, you may need to click the check box next to Contiguous in the options bar, if all the solid areas of color you want to select aren't touching.

• The Inverse command selects the exact opposite of what is currently selected, so make sure all the pixels you don't want to include in your final selection are selected before choosing Select I Inverse.

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