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    davidburleson
    davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72350 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:28 AM

    In the older versions of Adobe Photoshop (up to cs2) if you held down ctrl then clicked on a text layer it would make a selection in the shape of the text. It appears that this is no longer possible in CS4.

    Anyone have any idea how to do this in CS4?

    Cheers for any help!

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    User_Removed
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:30 AM

    Why not just click on the background of the text layer with the magic wand tool then select inverse.. won't that work?

    Or right click on the text layer in the layers box and select 'create work path'. You should either then be able to use this for selections, copying etc

    Last Modified By User_Removed at 18 Jan 2010 - 10:34 AM
    davidburleson
    davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72350 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:34 AM

    Because its on extra step then i used to have to do. It appears this is the same problem on any type of layer (not just text).

    Basically, I want to make a selection of the contents of a layer.

    NikLG
    NikLG  91736 forum posts England
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:35 AM


    Quote: if you held down ctrl then clicked on a text layer it would make a selection in the shape of the text. It appears that this is no longer possible in CS4.


    It does work, just like that. I just tried it....maybe your ctrl key is broken Smile
    EDIT : Make sure you click in the layer thumbnail..it won't work on the layer name.

    Last Modified By NikLG at 18 Jan 2010 - 10:36 AM
    User_Removed
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:35 AM

    Think my second suggestion might be what you need then Smile

    NikLG
    NikLG  91736 forum posts England
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:37 AM


    Quote: Basically, I want to make a selection of the contents of a layer.

    Right click on the layer and select the 'select pixels' option from the menu.

    davidburleson
    davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72350 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:38 AM

    Ah ha, bit more indepth googling found my answer...

    You have to hold down ctrl and click directly on the tiny thumbnail of the layer in the layers panel.

    In older versions you could just click on the layer row in the layers panel to do this. Looks like lots of people online have the same problem.

    davidburleson
    davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72350 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:39 AM

    Cheers NikLG, didn't see your post.

    NikLG
    NikLG  91736 forum posts England
    18 Jan 2010 - 10:41 AM

    No worries...

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