Photoshop is a photo editing software that allows you to edit images and create graphics. It is widely used by professionals and amateurs alike.

However, some users have, at some point, found themselves asking how to deselect items in the program.

This question has been asked by many photographers who want to remove unwanted objects from their photos.

There are two main methods to deselect an object in Photoshop. The first method involves using the magic wand tool and clicking on the area you wish to deselect.

The other method involves selecting the area you wish to delete and pressing Delete.

The following article will teach you how to use both of these methods for removing unwanted objects from your photographs.

Deselect in Photoshop: How To Guide 

Magic Wand Tool

To select an item with the Magic Wand tool, simply click once where you wish the selection to start. You can then move around the image as normal.

When you reach the desired location, hold down the Shift key and click again.

This will cause the selection to be made. If you don’t hold down the shift key when you click, nothing will happen.

To deselect an item with the Magic Wand tool, press Ctrl+D or Command-D (Mac) on your keyboard.

You can also use the Lasso tool to make selections. For this technique, you must first activate it by double-clicking on the tool.

Then, click and drag over the areas you wish to select. Once you release the mouse button, the selection will appear.

Pressing Alt+Backspace (Option+Command+Delete on Mac) will deselect the selected area.

Lasso Selection Technique

You can also use the lasso selection tool to make selections. To do so, simply click the lasso tool once at the starting point.

Click and drag until you reach the end point. Release the mouse button and the selection will appear.

Press Del to deselect the selection.

Quick Selection Tool

When you use the quick selection tool, you can either click and drag directly on the canvas or use the marquee tool to draw a box around the part of the image you wish to select.

Once you have drawn the box, just click inside the box and drag outwards. All the pixels within the box will be selected.

When you let go of the button, all the pixels within your box will be selected. You can deselect the selection by pressing Ctrl+Z (Cmd+Z on Mac).

Using Selections

After you have created a selection, you can copy or cut the selected area. To do so, press Cmd/Ctrl+C (Shift+Copy on Mac), which copies the selection onto the clipboard.

Next, press Cmd/Control+X (Shift+Cut on Mac) to cut the selection.

If you wish to paste the selection into another document, you can do so by pasting the selection into the new document.

Alternatively, you can paste the selection into the same document by dragging the cursor over the existing selection.

Deleting Objects From Your Photos

Now that we know how to select objects, let’s learn how to remove them. There are two ways to remove objects from images:

1. Using the Eraser Tool.

2. Using the Clone Stamp Tool.

Erasing Objects With The Eraser Tool

The easiest way to remove objects is to use the eraser tool. Simply click on the area you wish the object to disappear. A small border will appear around the edge of the object.

Drag this border inward to erase the object. It may take some practice before you become proficient in using this tool.

Cloning Objects With The Clone Stamp Tool

Another method for removing objects is to use the clone stamp tool. First, create a duplicate layer above the original one.

Now, place the clone stamp tool over the object you want removed. Click anywhere on the canvas to begin cloning. As you move the brush over the object, it will fade away.

Removing Backgrounds And Adding Textures

Removing Backgrounds And Adding Textures

It is important to note that when you remove an object from a photo, you should always leave enough background intact to give the picture depth.

If you try to remove too much detail, the result will look unnatural.

To add textures to photos, you can use the paint bucket tool. Simply open up the Paint Bucket tool and click on any area of the image you wish the texture to appear.

The color of the texture will fill the entire area.

Adding Color Effects On Images

There are many types of effects that you can apply to photographs. Some of these effects include:

Blur – This effect blurs the edges of the image.

Brightness – This effect brightens or darkens the entire image.

Contrast – This effect increases or decreases the contrast between light and dark areas.

Exposure – This effect adjusts the overall brightness level of the image.

You can also adjust the saturation of colors in an image. Saturation refers to the purity of a color, such as blue or red.

When you increase the saturation, the intensity of the color becomes stronger. Conversely, decreasing the saturation makes the color more muted.

Adjusting The Size Of An Image

You can resize an image by simply clicking on the desired size. However, if you wish to change the aspect ratio of the image, you must first crop the image.

Cropping is the process of cutting out unwanted parts of an image.

For example, if your image has been cropped at the top and bottom, you can then resize the image by selecting the desired width and height.

Resizing An Image By Changing Its Width Or Height

When resizing an image, you can either increase or decrease the width or height of the image. To increase the width, drag the corner handles outward until they reach the desired size.

To decrease the width, drag the corners inward until they reach the desired dimensions.

When resizing an image, keep in mind that the new width or height will not be equal to the original.

For instance, if you double the width of an image, the resulting image will have twice the number of pixels as the original.

Cropping An Image To Fit Within A Certain Area

If you would like to reduce the amount of space taken up by an image, you can crop it to fit within a certain area.

Using the Rectangular Marquee tool, draw around the part of the image you want to keep. You can also select multiple layers using the Select Layers dialog box.


Photoshop provides you with many ways to manipulate images.

These tools allow you to quickly edit and enhance your pictures. It is easy to learn how to use them, so get started today!