Transform Vs Transform Selection by Jen White

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Digital Scrapper Quick Tip, Selection Tool

Transform VS Transform Selection by Jen White

Don’t make the mistake of mixing up Transform and Transform Selection. They have similar names, but their purposes are totally different.

Transform (Free Transform)

  • Transforms the pixels inside the selection.
  • You access it with the shortcut (Ctrl/Cmd T).
  • Is destructive.

Transform Selection

  • Transforms just the selection outline, not the pixels inside of it.
  • You access it on the document after a selection is made. 
      • It has no shortcut.
      • Right click (Ctrl click) inside the selection and choose Transform Selection.
  • Is non-destructive.

This tip is for both Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop.




Page & Photos: Jen White
Template: Digital Scrapper
Quick Tip: Transform VS Transform Selection
Kit: Only You by KimB Designs
Fonts: Beanstalk Skinny, Caroni


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13 Responses

  1. Nanci Radford
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    Thanks Jen…you just “transformed” my thoughts on the selection tool!

  2. Joyce Bednarz
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    Thanks, Jen. This is another great tip! I don’t think I ever even looked at Transform Selection before, but I certainly will be experimenting with it now!

  3. Barbara
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    This is something new to me and what a great thing. Thanks for showing this tool

  4. Sue
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    What a cool tip! Thanks, Jen 🙂

  5. Shirl/Grambie
    | Reply

    As usual, you are at it again. After repetitive illnesses, I feel as if I am relearning PSE again. Thanks for your tid bits and especially your informative visuals within your downloads. Love you bunches!! 🙂

  6. Ruby
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    I had no idea. Thanks for the tip, Jen!

  7. Patsy Bolden
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    I can’t believe I did not know this before now. Thanks Jen!!

  8. Sharron
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    Jen! I love how Photoshop keeps me SO HUMBLE! How long have I been using this program? Decades. Have I ever heard to this before? NOOOOO! LOL. And I see there are still a huge list of “buttons” I’ve never experimented with. Thanks so much for this fun surprise.

  9. Barbara Houston
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    WOW! Thank you so much, Incredibly valuable. I had no idea. You opened another PS door for me.

  10. N. Lambert
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    I love it when I learn something new! I don’t think I ever knew that Transform Selection was there either! Thank you so much, Jen!

  11. Diane Gass
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    Very good video and information. I didn’t know about transform selection, actually never even knew it was an option! Love all your tips and classes! Thank you.

  12. Beverly
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    Thank you very much, Jen! This was very helpful, and new to me. 😉

  13. Jenni Moffatt aka Ozegirl
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    Thanks Jen. I envisage using this tool daily. I too love notches. x

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