Saving selections in Photoshop Elements

Save, load, or delete a selection

Saving a selection allows you to edit a selected area of a photo at a later time. You can work on other parts of the photo before loading the saved selection.

Saving selection

  1. In the Edit workspace, make a selection in your photo.
  2. Choose Select > Save Selection.
  3. In the Save Selection dialog box, choose New from the Selection pop‑up menu.
  4. Enter a name for the selection in the Name box, and then click OK.
  5. To load the selection, choose Select > Load Selection, choose the saved selection from the Selection menu, and then click OK.
  6. To delete a selection, choose Select > Delete Selection, choose a saved selection from the Selection menu, and then click OK.

Modify a saved selection

You can modify saved selections by replacing, adding to, or subtracting from them.

  1. In the Edit workspace, make a selection in your photo.
  2. Choose Select > Save Selection.
  3. In the Save Selection dialog box, choose the selection you want to modify from the Selection menu.
  4. Select one of the following and click OK: Replace SelectionReplaces the saved selection with the current selection. Add To SelectionAdds the current selection to the saved selection. Subtract From SelectionSubtracts the current selection from the saved selection. Intersect With SelectionReplaces the saved selection with the intersection between the current selection and the saved selection.

Modify a new selection with a saved selection

  1. In the Edit workspace, open a photo that contains a saved selection.
  2. Make a new selection in your photo.
  3. Choose Select > Load Selection.
  4. Choose a saved selection from the Selection menu.
  5. Select one of the following operations:
    • Add To Selection: Adds the saved selection to the current selection.
    • Subtract From Selection: Subtracts the saved selection from the current selection.
    • Intersect With Selection: Replaces the current selection with the intersection between the current selection and the saved selection.
  6. To invert the selected area, select Invert and click OK.

Source: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/using/saving-selections.html

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