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Chapter 5. Working with Layers > Creating a Selection from a Layer

Creating a Selection from a Layer

Photoshop's traditional layers are basically sheets of transparent acetate or clear plastic. Once created they support all of Photoshop's painting tools, as well shape and gradient tools. While traditional layers may start out as transparent pieces of plastic, they don't remain that way for long. In fact, a layer can, over time, be a complicated mix of non-transparent (the image), and transparent areas. It's also possible you might want to make a selection out of that complicated image. Photoshop knows this and gives you an easy way to convert an image on a layer into a selection.


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