How to Invert Selection in Photoshop

By Tata Rossi 23 days ago, Photoshop Tips

If you often enhance still-life photos or their specific areas (for example, sky replacement), then you probably wonder how to invert selection in Photoshop. Learn 3 effective methods to invert objects in one click.

METHOD 1. Invert Selection in Photoshop with Using Hotkeys

Rather than using additional layers with masks and selecting multiple areas in a photo, learn 3 quick methods of how to invert selection in Photoshop.

STEP 1. Import an image and create a new layer.

select the object to invert selection in photoshop

STEP 2. Use any selection tool and outline the desired object. Make sure the dotted line is closed. If you are working with a simple object like a cup or a backpack, you can use the "Marquee Tool" for automatic selection.

using hotkey to invert selection in photoshop

STEP 3. To invert selection in Photoshop, press “Shift + Command + I” (for Mac OS) or “Shift + Control + I” (for Windows).

STEP 4. Now the entire area is selected except for your main object. You can cut it out or lighten it (if you work with still-life photography).

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METHOD 2. Invert Selection in Photoshop with Tool Selection

using standard method to invert selection in photoshop

If you use an old version of the software and the hotkeys don’t work for you, you can right-click the image and choose "Select Inversion". It is possible to click this button multiple times to switch between the selected areas.

METHOD 3. Invert Selection in Photoshop Using Menu Bar

using menu bar to invert selection in photoshop

If you experience Photoshop lagging, and the above-mentioned methods don't work, try a standard option. When you activate a selection, choose "Select" - "Inverse". 

FAQ about How to Invert Selection in Photoshop

  • • Why do I need to invert a selection in Photoshop?

Rather than wasting time on redoing or adjusting your selection, you can use the inverse selection option. It switches to the opposite selection area, which allows you to considerably save time. This feature especially comes in handy when you need to cut out objects in your image.

  • • Which tool to use to select objects?

Currently, it is possible to select an object using a variety of tools. The choice depends on the complexity of an object you are working with. The most popular selection instruments are the Quick Selection Tool, Marquee Tool, and Lasso Tool.

If you use an old version of the software and you don’t have the listed selection tools, you can read the quick guidelines and get the latest free Photoshop version.

  • • How to undo the inversion or selection?

Use the hotkeys "Ctrl + Z" for Windows or "Cmd + Z" for Mac OS.

  • • How do you know whether the selected object has been inverted?

When you have chosen a selection tool and outlined the object you want, there should appear a dotted line around it. This means that you performed the selection correctly.


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