How to Unselect in Photoshop


Are you trying to work faster in Photoshop? Well, you should know the shortcut to unselect. Here are three ways to unselect in Photoshop.

How to Unselect in Photoshop

If you’re trying to become efficient in Photoshop, you must start to memorize where all the different tools are. Advanced Photoshop users even learn shortcuts to make working within the application quicker and more efficient. If you’re selecting many objects in different layers in Photoshop, you must know how to unselect them quickly. Continue reading to learn 3 different ways you can unselect in Photoshop.

How to Unselect in Photoshop

To unselect in Photoshop:

  1. Right-click the object and click Deselect.
  2. Go to Select>Deselect.
  3. Use CTRL+D or CMD+D to deselect an area.

Using any one of the 3 above methods should deselect or unselect the object in Photoshop. You know an area is unselected when there are no dotted lines around your object.

For a quick visual guide of what this looks like, see this video:


How do you deselect an area in Photoshop?

To deselect an area in Photoshop, right click the area and click Deselect.

How do I deselect quick selection in Photoshop?

There is not a dedicated deselect button for the Quick Selection Tool, but you can deselect your selection by pressing and holding the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key on your keyboard and then clicking anywhere outside of the selection border.

How do I deselect with quick selection tool?

To deselect with quick selection tool, click the “Deselect” icon in the options bar, or press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac OS).

How do I deselect only one part of a selection in Photoshop?

To deselect one part of a selection in Photoshop, hold down the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Mac OS) and click and drag the selection over the part don’t want to select.

How do I deselect the Move tool in Photoshop?

Select a new tool to deselect the Move tool in Photoshop.

Now you know how to unselect in Photoshop! You can get Adobe Photoshop on the official Adobe Website.

For more Photoshop walkthroughs, see our Photoshop Section.