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3.3 The Select Menu and Friends

Complementary to the selection tools are the 12 functions in the Image:Select menu. In addition to these functions, there are five other important functions related to selections. These are Toggle Selection, found in the Image:View menu, and Copy, Cut, Paste, and Stroke, found in the Image:Edit menu. Each of these functions is described in this section.

       
3.3.1 The Invert Function

A selection partitions an image into two sets--the selected pixels and the unselected ones. It is often useful to invert a selection, which is just the swapping of these two sets. When inverting, the unselected pixels become selected pixels and vice versa. The command that does this is Invert from the Image:Select menu. The Invert function is used so often you'll want to remember the keyboard shortcut for it, which is C-i.

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