Select and Mask Taskspace in Photoshop CC (15.5)

Discover how the new Select and Mask taskspace in Photoshop CC makes creating selections and masks easier, more exact, and more efficient than ever before.

Below is additional information for working in the Select and Mask taskspace.

Tool and Properties Shortcuts

• For the Quick Select (W), Lasso (L), and Brush (B) tools, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) toggles Add To Selection to Subtract From Selection.

• For the Quick Select (W), Lasso (L), and Brush (B) tools, Shift toggles Subtract from Selection to Add to Selection.

• With the Lasso Tool selected, Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) toggles both Add To and Subtract From options to Intersect with Selection.

• For the  Refine Edge Brush  (R), Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) toggles Expands Detection Area to Restore Original Selection.

•In Select and Mask, painting with the Brush tool adds to or subtracts form the mask (it will not paint on the image).

• Control + Option -drag (Mac) | Alt + right click -drag (Win) left/right to decrease/increase brush diameter.

Control + Option -drag (Mac) | Alt + right click -drag (Win) up/down to increase/decrease the hardness/softness of the brush.

• Shift-click to paint a straight line between the first and subsequent clicks.

• All of the View modes have their own shortcut (listed next to the name of the view). Plus, “F” cycles through the views while “X” temporarily toggles off all views.


• If you create a selection in Photoshop, choose Select and Mask and then modify the selection, clicking “Clear Selection” removes all masking while clicking the Reset Workspace icon (to the left of the cancel button) resets the selection to state when Select and Mask option was chosen.

• The first time you double click on a Layer Mask in the Layers panel, Photoshop displays a dialog asking what you would like double clicking on a Layer Mask to do. You can choose between View Properties (in the Properties panel) or Enter Select and Mask. This behavior can be changed later in Preferences >Tools > Double Click Layer Mask Launches Mask and Select Workspace.

• Select and Mask supports Bird Eye View for faster navigation within an image. When zoomed into an image, press and hold “H” (the image zooms out to fit in the window). Drag the zoom rectangle over the desired location and release the mouse. Release the “H” key – the image zooms to the chosen area and the selected tool remains unchanged. (Note: Birds Eye View requires GPU support.)

Additional advantages of the Select and Mask Taskspace:

• Select and Mask should be faster then the previous Refine Edge option because Select and Mask takes advantage of GPU.

• You no longer have to jump in and out of a modal state to refine the initial selection (using the Lasso, Quick Select or Brush tools).

• You don’t have to start with a selection, you can choose Select and Mask first and begin the selection process there.

• After choosing Select > Focus Mask, you can choose to go directly to Select and Mask.

• Select and Mask supports multiple undo, is actionable, and works with touch interface.