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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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 methods and tools for selecting an area in a photograph in the Full Edit workspace. The selection methods fall into two categories, those that are manual and those that are automatic. In this movie, I will cover some manual selection methods. The Selection tools are located in the toolbar in this second section right here. I am going to start with the Rectangular Marquee tool. This tool right here, clicking on it in the toolbar. And then I will move into the image and I'm going to click and drag a rectangular selection around some of these tiles.
After I draw the selection, as long as I still have a Selection tool selected in the toolbar, I can move the selection boundary by clicking inside of it and dragging. Notice that I didn't use the Move tool. If I take the Move tool and I try to move a selection, it actually moves the content of the selection along with the boundary and that isn't what I want it to do. So I am going to press Command+D to undo. Then I will go back and get the Rectangular Marquee tool that I can use to move just the selection boundary. If I want to reshape the selection after I make it, I can do that by going up to the Select menu and choosing Transform Selection.
That adds this bounding box with anchor points around the selection. I can click on any of the borders and drag to modify the shape of the selection. This is one way to get a selection boundary to be more true fit around particular content like these tiles. When I like the results, I will click the checkmark right here. Now let's talk about making another selection. Now, I want to show you what happens if I click and drag to make a new selection. With any of these Selection tools selected in the toolbox, if I click and drag, the initial selection goes away and I have a new selection.
That's because by default, in the Selection tools Options bar, this first icon Make a New Selection is highlighted by default. I am going to show you how you can add to and subtract from and make intersecting selections in a later movie. But I didn't want you to be surprised by the fact that your initial selection will go away by default when you create another selection. How do you make a square selection using the Rectangular Marquee tool? I am going to deselect by pressing Command+D on my keyboard, and I'm going to make a selection that's constrained to a square shape using this tool.
To do that, I will press the Shift key on my keyboard, and then I will click and drag, and the selection that I draw, no matter how big it is, will be a square. Again I'll deselect by pressing Command+ D. Another useful manual Selection tool that draws geometric shapes is here behind the Lasso tool in the toolbox, and that's the Polygonal Lasso tool. I will select that and then I am going to come into the image and use it to draw a straight-sided selection. With the Polygonal Lasso, I could draw any straight edge selections like a triangle or a diamond or a pentagon.
I will click at one point of this diamond, and I'm not pressing down on my mouse, I am just moving my mouse, creating this thread, I will go to another point of the diamond and I will click and then I'll release the mouse, go to another point and click, release, click and when I get back to the beginning, there is a tiny little circle next to the tool icon, meaning that I'm at the beginning. So I will click and that closes the selection. Back in the toolbar, notice that there are two other Lasso tools. There is the regular Lasso tool which draws free-form selections like this, and I don't use that one very often because I find it hard to draw accurately using a mouse but sometimes it comes in handy to just fill in the edge of a selection I've made with another Selection tool.
There is also a Magnetic Lasso tool here. To show you that, I'm going to bring up another image that's open here in the Project Bin, this photograph of portholes on a ship. I will double-click that photograph in the Project Bin to appear here in the Document Editing area. I am going to zoom in by selecting the Zoom tool, making sure the Plus symbol is selected in the Options Bar and then clicking in this porthole here. I have the Magnetic Lasso tool selected and with that tool, I am going to come in and click on the edge of this porthole, and then I'm going to release my mouse.
So I'm not pressing down on the mouse, I am just going to move my mouse around the edge of the porthole, and the Magnetic Lasso automatically pins these anchor points through the edge where it sees contrast between the dark window and the light ship. Now, sometimes it may make a little error. For example here it's snapped a point away from the edge. If I need to delete that, I just press the Delete key on my keyboard, and I back up a few points.
If I want to, I can click and put my own anchor points down to help the tool out a little. When I get back to the first anchor point, I see this little tiny circle next to the tool icon, which means I'm back at the beginning. So I will click to close that selection. The Magnetic Lasso tool works best along an edge where there is a lot of contrast between light and dark. I am going to deselect by pressing Command+D on the keyboard to show you another way to make a circular or oval selection and that's using the Elliptical Marquee tool, which is in the toolbar behind the Rectangular Marquee tool.
I am going to click on the edge of this porthole, and then I'm going to hold down the Shift key to constrain the selection I am going to draw to a circle. Then I'll start dragging to create a circle but notice that it isn't fitting up against the edge of the porthole. So I still have my mouse and the Shift key held down, and I'm going to turn my hand and with my thumb, I'm going to press down the Spacebar on my keyboard, and then I'm going to drag to the left which moves the selection back over toward the edge of the porthole.
Then keeping my mouse and the Shift key down, I am going to release just my thumb from the Spacebar, and now I can drag out the rest of the porthole. Again, I can press down on the Spacebar with the Shift key and the mouse still held down and push up this way and then I release the mouse and finally, I release the Shift key in that order. So that's kind of hard to do, but it's often successful in getting a circular selection or an oval selection right where you want it. If that's too hard, you can always just draw a so-so selection and then use the select Transform Selection Command, which I showed you earlier in this movie to try to get the selection to better fit the content.
There is one more Manual tool that I want to show you and that is the Selection Brush tool. That's located in the toolbox here behind the Quick Selection tool, which I showed you in the last movie. The Selection Brush tool allows you to draw in a selection. I find this tool most useful for drawing in a little bit extra where I have tried to make a selection with another tool but haven't exactly gotten it perfect. So I will select the Selection Brush tool. I will move into the image, I'm going to make my brush really small by pressing the Left Bracket key and then I can just click and drag if I have a sure hand with the Selection Brush tool.
And it's just like drawing in a selection along this edge and maybe I will do a little bit over here as well, like that. So that's how to use Manual Selection tools to make selections including the Elliptical Marquee tool, the Rectangular Marquee tool, the Lasso tool, the Magnetic Lasso tool, and the Polygonal Lasso tool, and the Selection Brush tool. In the next movie, I will cover some more automatic selection methods.
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