How to Invert Selection in Photoshop

If you’re moving and grooving in Photoshop, you’ll want to know the shortcut to invert a selection in Photoshop.

Invert Selection in Photoshop

If you’re an editor or artist trying to use Photoshop, some of the commands may seem confusing. There may be a time when you want to inverse a selection in Photoshop, or in other words, flip what you’ve selected on your canvas. This makes it easy to change backgrounds or add borders around things. Luckily, doing so is easy, and should take no less than a few seconds to do. Here’s how to invert your selection in Photoshop.

How to Invert Selection in Photoshop

To invert a selection in Photoshop: 

  1. Use one of the Marquee tools on the main toolbar on the left side of the screen to make your selection.
  2. Click Selection
  3. Click Inverse.
  4. Use  ⌘+Shift+I (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+I (PC) as shortcuts to invert your selection. 

If you don’t see your tools on the left side of the screen, click Window>Tools. The Marquee tools will look like a box or a square with a dotted-line outline. 

And there you have it! You should now have an inverted selection in Photoshop. If you want to invert your entire picture, use the Marquee tools to select the entire image.


What does invert selection mean?  

The Invert Selection command reverses the current selection, selecting everything in the active layer that is not currently selected and deselecting everything that is currently selected. 

How do you invert colors?

To invert colors, simply press Ctrl+I (PC) or ⌘+I (Mac) on the keyboard, or go to Image>Adjustments>Invert.

How do you make a selection negative in Photoshop?

Hold the ALT (PC) or Option (Mac) key while dragging the Marquee tools to make a negative subtraction to your selected area.

How do you invert a selection mask in Photoshop?  

To invert a selection mask in Photoshop, go to the Select menu and choose Inverse.

Why is inverse not working on Photoshop?  

It’s because you have another selection active. Go to the bottom of the Layers panel, and click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon. This will hide everything except your selection. 

Now that you know how to invert a selection in Photoshop, see our Photoshop Guides Section to become a Photoshop pro.