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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are a number of different tools for selecting an area in a photograph in the Full Edit workspace. The selection tools fall into two categories, those that are manual and those that are automatic. I'll start with the manual tools in this movie. In the toolbox the Selection tools are located in this second area. I'm going to click on the Rectangular Marquee tool here and then with that tool I'll move into the image and I'm going to click-and-drag a rectangular selection, and it's defined by the animated marching ants.
After I make a selection, if I want to adjust where it is, with any of the Selection tools selected in the toolbar, I can live inside of the selection boundary and drag and change the location of that selection boundary. If I need to change the shape of this selection after I make it I can go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Transform Selection, and that gives me this bounding box around the selection border. I can click-and-drag on any of the anchor points to change the shape of the selection.
I can rotate the selection if I want to by moving my mouse over the small circle at the bottom of the bounding box and dragging like that. When I'm done transforming the selection, I'll click the green checkmark at the bottom of this bounding box or if I want to cancel the transformation, then I'll click this red cancel sign. I'll go ahead and click the red cancel sign. Now let's say I want to make another selection. If I click in the image with a Selection tool activated in the toolbar, notice that the original selection goes away, and then I can drag out another selection.
The reason for that is that by default this first icon up here in the Options bar, which stands for make a new selection, is highlighted. I'll cover these other options here in a later movie in this chapter, but I didn't want you to be surprised by the fact that when you click with the Selection tool, your first selection is eliminated. A more direct way to eliminate a selection is with the selection active like this one, to go up to the Select menu and choose Deselect or press Ctrl+D on the keyboard like that. Now what if I want to make a square selection rather than a rectangular selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool? To do that I'm going to hold down the Shift key on my keyboard and then I'll click on one corner of the square and drag and that constrains the shape of the selection boundary to a square.
I'm going to deselect by pressing Ctrl +D. Another manual Selection tool that draws geometric shapes is behind a Lasso tool here in the toolbar and that's the Polygonal Lasso tool. I'm going to select that one, and then I'm going to come into the image and say I want to draw a diamond right here. I'll click at the top of the diamond and then I'm not pressing my mouse down, I'm just moving my hand on the cursor to another point on the diamond where I'll click and then I'll move down to another point on the diamond, and click, do that one more time and click.
When I come up toward the top of the diamond, notice that there is a tiny circle next to be Polygonal Lasso tool icon. That means I'm back at the beginning. So I can click and that closes at straight edge selection. I can use the Polygonal Lasso tool to make a triangular selection, a diamond shaped selection, a pentagon, or any selection that has straight edges. I am going to go back to the toolbar and click on the Polygonal Lasso tool to show you that there are a couple of other Lasso tools here. The regular Lasso tool is a free-form drawing tool.
So I can come in to the image with this one and draw any shape selection like that. I don't use the Regular Lasso tool very often, because it's a little bit difficult to draw precisely with my mouse or with a track pad, but sometimes this tool comes in handy to modify a selection that I've made with another tool, as I'll show you how to do it in later movie. I am going to switch to another image that I have open down in the project bin by double-clicking its thumbnail. Here I want to show you another of the Lasso tools, the Magnetic Lasso tool. I'll click on the Lasso tool and go down to Magnetic Lasso tool and then I'll move into the image and I'm going to just click one time around the edge of this porthole in this image of a ship, then I'm going to release my mouse.
I'm not pressing down on the cursor; I'm just moving my mouse around the edge of that porthole. Elements recognizes that there is a change in contrast there and it lays down these anchor points defining the edge of a selection. Now sometimes it will make a little mistake like it did here, in which case I'll press the Delete key on the keyboard and just move that thread back and then I'll move forward again. If I want to, I can help the tool along by clicking to set an anchor point. When I'm back to beginning, I see the little circle that reminds me that I am there and I'll click to close that circular selection.
Another way to make a circular or oval selection is with the Elliptical Marquee tool. I'm going to deselect by pressing Ctrl+D on the keyboard and then I'll go back to the toolbar, I'll click on the Rectangular Marquee tool and I'll choose the Elliptical Marquee tool. With this tool I'll come into the image and I'm going to click just on the side of that porthole and then I'm going to press down the Shift key to constrain the oval selection to a circular selection and then with my mouse still held down, I'm going to draw out of circular selection. I still have my mouse held down, and my Shift key held down, and what I want to do now is to push that selection up into the left, so that it fits the porthole.
So with the mouse held down and the Shift key held down, I'm also going to hold down the Spacebar using my thumb, and then I'm just going to push that selection into place. Then I'll release by mouse and I'll release the Spacebar and the Shift key. I can transform this selection, if it doesn't fit exactly using the Select > Transform Selection command that I showed you earlier in this movie or I can move the selection around by clicking inside of it with any of the move tools and dragging like that. There is one more manual tool that I'd like to show you and that is the Selection Brush tool, which is located here behind the Quick Selection tool.
The Selection Brush tool is useful for drawing in little extra bits of selections when you've tried to select with another tool and you haven't exactly gotten it right. I'm going to zoom in by pressing Ctrl+ Plus on my keyboard and then I'll hold the Spacebar or select the Hand tool to pan around in the image by clicking and dragging. So I see that I haven't gotten the edges of the porthole here when I selected with the Elliptical Marquee tool. So I'm going to make my Selection Brush tool smaller and then I can fill in these areas by just clicking and dragging over them.
So it's just like painting in a selection manually. So that's how to use the manual selection tools, the Rectangular Marquee tool, the Elliptical Marquee tool, the Lasso tool, the Polygonal Lasso tool, the Magnetic Lasso tool, and the Selection Brush tool to make selections.
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