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Select all opaque areas of a layer

When working with images that contain transparency, you can quickly select all the areas that are opaque by using the Load Selection tool. In other words, Load Selection creates a selection that goes along the edges of a layer — if a layer is rectangular, a rectangular selection will be created, if it's a circle — it will create a circular selection.

Similarly, when used on a layer mask, Load Selection will automatically select only the areas that are visible, leaving the masked areas outside of the selection.

Select all opaque areas of an image

Do any of the following:

  • Choose Edit > Load Selection.
  • Choose Tools > Select > Load Selection.
  • Press Command ⌘ + Option ⌥ + L on your keyboard.
  • Command ⌘ – click a layer thumbnail in the Layers sidebar.

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