how to deselect in photoshop

How to Deselect in Photoshop

Today I am writing about how to deselect in photoshop. Many beginners face a problem when they need deselection in photoshop. In this article, I will discuss a little more about selection tools and how to deselect in photoshop. Every deselection process is the same.

Selection Tools:

There are many selection tools available in photoshop. Each tool used for different purposes. But professional designers use the pen tool to make a selection. Pen tools give accurate results.

Marquee Tool(M): Photoshop has four Marquee tools. Generally, this selection tool is used to make a shape or apply it to cutout square products like a packet or square object.

type of marquee tool
Marquee tool
  • Rectangular Marquee Tool
  • Elliptical Marquee Tool
  • Single Row Marquee Tool
  • Single Column Marquee Tool

Lasso Tools(L): Three types of lasso tool available in photoshop. Lasso Tool use for freehand selections.

types of lasso tool
lasso tool
  • Lasso Tool  
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool  
  • Magnetic Lasso Tool  

Magic Wand Tool (W): Two types of tools available. Magic Wand Selection tool use for selects similarly colored image areas.

types of magic want tool
magic wand tool
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Magic Want Tool

Pen Tool: Pen tool used for professional photoshop editing. Pen tool provides 100% accurate selection result.

Deselect in Photoshop

Now, time to show you how to deselect in photoshop. Without selection in photoshop, you can’t make deselection. First, you need to make a selection using any of these tools.

Method 1: After selection, go to the select menu and choose to deselect. See the screenshot for a better understanding.

deselect in photoshop

Method 2: Press Ctrl+D for deselection. It’s an easy option. Remember, photoshop default use Ctrl+D for deselection. It’s a keyboard Shortcuts. But you can customize these shortcuts from the Keyboard Shortcuts option.

Go to Edit Menu then select “Keyboard Shortcuts”. See the image below.

keyboard shortcuts in photoshop

After That, go to select option; you will find a deselect and found shortcuts. You can change keyboard shortcuts from here.

deselect keyboard shortcuts
deselect keyboard shortcuts


There are two ways to make deselection in photoshop. Go to select an option/choose to deselect, and another one uses keyboard shortcuts(Ctrl+D). Hope you get a solution “how to deselect in Photoshop.