A highlight border is visible around the vector mask thumbnail. The small plus sign in the lower right lets us know we're in the Add to Shape Area mode. To add to a selection, click the Add to selection icon in the Options bar, or press the Shift key on the keyboard as you make another selection. With part of it removed, the original circular shape now looks more like a moon: So far, we've learned how to add and subtract shapes. To subtract from a selection, click the Subtract from selection icon in the Options bar, or press the Option key (MacOS) or Alt key (Windows) as you select an area you want to remove from the selection. To create intersecting selections, you need to hold the Alt and Shift keys while you select and intersecting area to make an intersection. Make sure Shape Layers is chosen in the Options Bar. I could undo my last step to remove the shape, choose the correct option from the Options Bar and then draw the second shape again, or I could simply select the second shape and switch the option for it! To hide the path outline, all we need to do is deselect the vector mask by clicking on its thumbnail. If we look again in my Layers panel, we see that I now have a second Shape layer (Shape 2) sitting above the original. Photoshop Shapes and Shape Layers Essentials. Subtract from selection (hold down Alt/Option while using the following tools: Magic Wand, Lasso tools, Marquee tools) Intersect selections (hold down Alt/Option and Shift together to intersect a new selection with a previous one) Select All (Ctrl/Cmd + A to select the whole canvas) Deselect (Ctrl/Cmd + D to deselect everything) The Layers panel showing the Shape layer sitting above the Background layer. Learn everything you need to know about Photoshop, in the order you need to know it, in this top-to-bottom overview of the world's most powerful image editing software, Adobe Photoshop. Selecting the Subtract from Shape Area option (third icon from the left). We can intersect two shapes so only the areas that overlap remain visible in the document, or we can do the opposite, hiding the overlapping areas from view. “Intersect Layer Mask With Selection” This time, I want to brighten up her jacket. Active 1 year, 9 months ago. If you Command-Shift-click (PC: Ctrl-Shift-click), it will add that layer to the already existing selection. Selecting the Path Selection Tool from the Tools panel. fredericm80874937. Hold down Alt+Shift (Windows) or Option+Shift (Mac OS) and drag over the portion of the original selection you want to select. This will delete the selected shape without deleting the entire Shape layer. If it's not, click on the thumbnail to select it. Download this tutorial as a print-ready PDF! Post questions and get answers from experts.