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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are a number of different selection methods in the Elements 9 Full Edit workspace. The trick is figuring out which method is going to be most efficient on which image. When you're working with geometric shapes, the best selection tools are sometimes the Geometric Selection tools. Those are located in this area of the toolbar. I'm going to click on the Rectangular Marquee tool and select it from the toolbar and then come into the image to show you how to make a rectangular or square selection. To make a rectangular selection, I'll click at a corner and drag diagonally toward another corner and there's my rectangular selection boundary.
As I explained in the last movie, once I have a selection like this, I can do any number of things to it without affecting the rest of the image, only the selected area, everything from filling to painting, to duplicating, to deleting. When I'm done working on a selected area I can delete the selection. That's done by going up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choosing Deselect or using the common keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D on the PC or Command+D on the Mac. Now how do I make a square selection? To do that, I'm going to hold down the Shift key and click and drag with the Rectangular Marquee tool and that constrains the selection no matter how big or how small to a square shape.
I'll deselect by pressing Ctrl+D. Behind the Rectangular Marquee tool there is another geometric selection tool, the Elliptical Marquee tool. This is used to make oval and circular selections. To draw an oval selection, I will just move into the image and click and drag. I might use a selection like this to create a vignette effect outside of the selected area. I am going to deselect. Now let's say that I want a perfectly circular selection. I'll hold the Shift key and that constrains the Elliptical Marquee tool to making a circular selection like this.
Again, I'll press Ctrl+D or Command+D to deselect. There are a couple of other tools that I can use to make manual selections and those are two of the Lasso tools which are located in this tool slot. The Lasso tool itself is a free-form drawing tool. With this tool, I can draw any shape selection. Although it seems really flexible, I hardly ever use this tool because normally I'm trying to select something specific. If the thing I'm trying to select has straight edges, I'll often reach for the Polygonal Lasso tool instead.
I'll deselect and then I'll go back and get the Polygonal Lasso to show you how this one works. With this tool, I can draw straight edges by clicking and then moving my mouse without pressing and then clicking on another corner, moving to another spot and clicking and so on. When I get back to the beginning, if you look really closely, you can see a tiny dot next to the Polygonal Lasso icon and at that point if I click, I'll close the selection or if I get anywhere near the beginning of this selection with this tool, I can double-click and that will close this selection for me.
So those are the manual selection tools in Elements 9 Full Edit workspace. In the next movie I'll show you some automatic selection tools that select on the basis of color, tone, and edge.
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