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  • October 16, 2021
  • MD Ashraf Uddin Noyon
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Deselect in Photoshop is one of the most common operations a photo editor does. We use Photoshop to edit photos in order to produce graphics for web or print projects. Breaking down photos into layers and separate elements allows you to make changes.

And, that is to certain areas of the image without affecting the rest of the image. Well, it’s critical to remember to just select the parts you wish to change while working on small sections of an image. So, it’s just as important to know how to deselect elements once you’ve finished work on the selection.

What and Why is Deselect?

Deselect is just the opposite word of ‘Select’ according to English Grammar. So, literally, when a negative word comes forth, there should be used in sentences. For the time being, we will discuss deselecting in Photoshop.

There are a lot of operations where selection is mandatory. And, when you are done with the selection works, you need to deselect that for want of extended editing. Well, if you are interested in selection and some more of it, check out our blog “How To Make The Background Transparent In Photoshop”.

So, the thing is when you need to get released of the selection you have made during editing and do not need that anymore, you need to deselect. Photoshop professionals or even a novice is well-known for the operation. So, we are discussing this procedure only for those who are interested in Photoshop but do not know the method yet.

Ways to Deselect In Photoshop

So, how to deselect in Photoshop? Well, the ways to deselect in Photoshop are quite a few. You can do it with just a simple command. But, that is not describing other options that could be learning for you. However, in any of the ways you follow to deselect your selection, the final result is the same.

deselect in photoshop ways to deselect in photoshop
Deselect in photoshop ways to deselect in Photoshop

Well, there is another thing that comes in the path. And, that is about the Clipping Path that we often use for product isolation. The path is just the previous part of the selection in the procedure of background removal or photo subject isolation.

To reveal the path, you need to use Alt/Option for Win/MAC and click on the path. And, to release the path, press Ctrl/Command+Enter for Win/MAC for selection and Ctrl/Command+D for Win/MAC to deselect.

Way 1: Deselecting From Photoshop Menu

If we go for the core function of Photoshop to deselect a selection, this is the one. We are using an image with a green-colored Olive Oil bottle for this project. We are demonstrating a simple subject due to the prime objective where complex subjects are not necessary.

deselect in photoshop Deselecting from photoshop menu
Deselect in Photoshop Deselecting from Photoshop menu

As we are going to deselect, the image is ready with a selection. We have done that before cause you already know how to make a selection. So, go to the Photoshop menu ‘Select’ and choose ‘Deselect’ from the drop-down menu. As simple as that.

Though we are not going into detail, you know the drill. It is necessary to do the editing before deselecting an area. Otherwise, it may become difficult to make the exact selection once again. Well, if you have not gone far enough, you can simply reselect the area by choosing ‘Reselect’ from the same place.

Way 2: Keyboard Shortcut

The next part is the keyboard shortcut where you do not need to go to the Photoshop menu. You can do it easily by using a simple command. Well, we have mentioned that in the early section above the ways. Also, if you have a closer look at the image right above, you can see the shortcut mentioned after the option.

Deselect in Photoshop shortcut Ctrl/Command+D for Win/MAC to deselect. Also, you will have the reselection shortcut and that is, Shift+Ctrl/Command+D for Win/MAC to reselect.

Way 3: Deselecting a Layer

Above we have mentioned the deselection process for areas in an image within a project. But, what if you need to deselect a layer in Photoshop, what would you do? It is very simple. We have made a couple of copies of the background layer as a reference.

deselect in photoshop deselecting a layer
Deselect in Photoshop deselecting a layer

Suppose you have selected all the layers and need to deselect them all. So, click on the empty area in the layers panel (marked by an orange dot) and be done. Or, you may need to deselect a few layers like ‘Layer 1’ and ‘Layer 1 copy 2’.

Press and hold Ctrl/Command for Win/MAC and left-mouse-click on the layers one by one. You can see marked in yellow in the above image for the layers that are deselected. Also, you can reselect deselected layer by the same process again.


Exactly the opposite operation of select is ‘Deselect’. The option is one of the most important steps you may need to use in almost every photo editing. Well, there is a specific term and that is subject isolation from a photo. Also, sometimes, you may need to select and deselect objects to do editing in limited areas.

However, the usage of deselect is remarkable and cannot do much without the implementation of this tremendous operation.


The ability to select and deselect sections of an image in Photoshop enables extremely precise custom modifications. When you are done making the changes you want to a selection, make sure to deselect it before going on to avoid making any accidental changes. Well, there’s always the undo option Ctrl/Command+Z for Win/MAC to go back.

Also, you can go to the history window of Photoshop to reach the position you want. However, the deselect option is unparalleled due to the one command operation.


How do you deselect an area in Photoshop?

Ans: Deselecting an area in Photoshop is a matter of simple command. But, if we go with the Photoshop menu, the process is as below;

  1. At first, you need to select the window where you made a selection
  2. Go to Photoshop menu Select>Deselect (shortcut is Ctrl/Command+D for Win/MAC)
  3. Selection disappears as soon as you do this

What is the shortcut to deselect in Photoshop?

Ans: The shortcut to deselect in Photoshop is Ctrl/Command+D for Win/MAC. Also, you can reselect by using Shift+Ctrl/Command+D for Win/MAC.