Is it possible to create a selection from a slice in Photoshop?

Posted on 2009-02-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
Photoshop will make a slice from a selection, but how about the opposite? A selection from a slice in order to save it as an as an image for a web page layout.
Question by:weknowjack
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    by:David Brugge
    Yes you can (sort of) however you may be making things too complicated. Is this an image that has already been divided into slices? If so, save for web and throw the other slices away.

    If the image has not been divided into slices you can draw a selection and use this tip from "Her Geekness"  Anne-Marie Concepcion (

    Tip #7. New File from Selection
    Command-C, N, Return/Enter, V, E

    You heard me! After you make a selection, keep the Command key held down and press the listed keys in sequence (not all at the same time). The end result is a new file, perfectly sized, containing a flattened copy of your selection. I do this a lot when I'm testing masks or extracting a channel to use as a grayscale image or texture.

    No, you don't *need* the Command key pressed when you hit Return/Enter, but it's fun to just lean on it the whole time... it doesn't harm anything. You'll need it for the V (the Paste) and the final, optional E (Merge Down).

    The initial Command-C copies whatever is selected in the current layer. If you want to copy whatever's in the selection from *all* the layers, press Command-Shift-C (Copy Merged) instead of just Command-C while doing the shortcut sequence.

    Of course, if you just want a flattened copy of the whole layered image, it's fastest to choose Image > Duplicate and turn on the Duplicate Merged Layers Only check box.

    Hope this helps.


    Author Comment

    The file is already sliced and I only want selected slices, so I can save and name each with a different name specific name. Your first solution makes all saved slices use the same relative naming. Any way, it appears neither PS or FW will do that. Bummer. Glad I still have ImageReady CS. Amazes me why they would drop a feature like that when search engines consider file names to some extent.
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    Accepted Solution

    If you right click on the slice in Photoshop it will bring up the slice dialogue box where you can, among other things, rename it the way you like.
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    Assisted Solution

    Fireworks is the same select your slice and in the properties box you'll see the name of the slice, change it there.


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