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CS4: select text shape as selection


18 Jan 2010 10:28AM
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 12 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2010 10:30AM
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
18 Jan 2010 10:34AM
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 9 1.7k England
18 Jan 2010 10:35AM

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.
User_Removed 12 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2010 10:35AM
Think my second suggestion might be what you need then Smile
NikLG 9 1.7k England
18 Jan 2010 10:37AM

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.
18 Jan 2010 10:38AM
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.
18 Jan 2010 10:39AM
Cheers NikLG, didn't see your post.
NikLG 9 1.7k England
18 Jan 2010 10:41AM
No worries...

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