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In the image below, there are two circles drawn in two layers. The second circle overlaps some part of the first circle. Now how can I select the only the area of first circle so that it keeps the overlapping area of second circle?

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  1. Press and hold your Ctrl / Cmd key;
  2. Hover over the thumbnail of the lower layer in the layers palette and click it—this will select all pixels in that layer;
  3. Release Ctrl;
  4. Press and hold your right Alt key (to the right of your space bar);
  5. Click the thumbnail of the other layer—this will remove all pixels in that layer from your current selection;
  6. Release Alt.
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    Think you changed this at some point. By default it should be Control key. – Ryan Aug 23 at 12:51
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  1. Hold Control / Command and click on the Circle 1 thumbnail in the layer panel
  2. Then continue holding control / command, hold alt as well, and click on the Circle 2 thumbnail in the layer panel
  • Thank you, wish i could up vote. – krishna Aug 23 at 12:57

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