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Manual selection tools

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Manual selection tools

There are a number of different tools for selecting an area in a photograph in the full edit workspace. They basically fall into two categories, tools that are manual selection tools and tools that are automatic. We'll start with the manual tools in this movie. I have two files open in the Project Bin. One is the file that you see here, which is circles.jpg, and the other is stairs1.jpg. You can find both of those in the 08_02_manual tools subfolder of the Chapter 07, Exercise Files folder.

Manual selection tools

There are a number of different tools for selecting an area in a photograph in the full edit workspace. They basically fall into two categories, tools that are manual selection tools and tools that are automatic. We'll start with the manual tools in this movie. I have two files open in the Project Bin. One is the file that you see here, which is circles.jpg, and the other is stairs1.jpg. You can find both of those in the 08_02_manual tools subfolder of the Chapter 07, Exercise Files folder.

I'm going to go over to the Toolbox and click on this tool, which is called the Elliptical Marquee tool. This is basically used for drawing circular and oval selections. Let me show you how to do it here in this image of the circular windows on a cruise ship. I'll come into the image and I'll try drawing a circle around this particular window, by clicking on one of the corners of the window and drag it and as you can see it starting to draw a circular selection. But to get that selection into the window, with my mouse still held down, I'm going to press the Spacebar and push that circle back towards the window.

When it's there, I'm going to release the Spacebar, my mouse is still held down and finally I'll release my mouse. That can be a bit tricky. So if you don't get it exactly right with any selection tool, still selected in the Toolbox, you can go inside of that selection and you can drag a little to move the selection around. So I have just pulled it a little bit to get it where I want it. Now that I have a selection, I can act on it. For example, I can go up to the Enhance menu at the top of the screen and choose out of Auto Smart Fix and let the Auto Smart Fix command change the brightness, contrast and color in just that selected area with none of the rest of the image impacted. When I'm done with the selection, I can eliminate the animated lines called marching ants that are the boundary of the selection by going to the select menu at top of the screen and choosing Deselect.

You should note the shortcut for deselect command, Ctrl+D because you will use it often. To show you another manual selection tool, I'm going to open the second image in my Project Bin by double -clicking it, stairs1.jpg. Here we have some squares and to select those, I'm going to go back to the Elliptical Marquee tool, click and hold and from the fly-out menu, I'm going to choose the Rectangular Marquee tool. With this tool, I can come in and draw a rectangle to cover any portion of this image. If I want to draw a square, I'm going to hold down the Shift key and I'll deselect that by pressing Ctrl+D.

If I want to draw a square selection, I'll hold the Shift key and then I'll click and drag and it makes a square and then I'll release my mouse and I'll release the Shift key. Although that doesn't exactly fit on top of this particular tile, I could click in that selection and move it over. May be it will fit on this tile; does a better job there, and I'll press Ctrl+D. Next to these two geometric selection tools, the Elliptical and Rectangular Marquees, there are series of Lasso tools. I'll click on the first of those, which is the Regular Lasso tool, and with that I can come in and try to manually draw a selection. But it's very difficult to get it right unless you have a steady hand and that's about the best I can do.

So that's why I don't usually use this particular tool. I'll press Ctrl+D to eliminate that selection, and there is what behind the Regular Lasso by clicking and holding, you can find there the Polygonal Lasso tool. I'll select that one and come over to this diamond shape. What this tool does is allow me to draw straight lines, so I can select diamonds or triangles or any kind of straight-line shape. I'll click once. I'm not pressing on my mouse. My finger is off the mouse and I'm simply moving the mouse to the next corner of the diamond or I'm going to click to make a point and then I'll go toward the next corner of the diamond and click and here is a little straight line. Click and then go to the next corner and click and back to the beginning.

When I get there, I see a tiny yellow circle to right of the Lasso icon, that tells me that I have reached the beginning of my selection and I'll click and that closes the selection and I'll Ctrl+D to deselect to that. I'm going to click back on my circle image, which is behind the stairs image, to bring that to foreground because I want to show you one more tool and that's the Magnetic Lasso. I'll click on the Polygonal Lasso in the Toolbox and from the fly-out menu I'm going to select Magnetic Lasso tool. This tool looks at the tones in the image to set anchor points around an object. Let me show you how it works. I'm going to try to select this circular area again, by clicking on one edge of it and then I'm just dragging the Magnetic Lasso thread around that circle, without pressing on my mouse and when I get back to the beginning, I'll click. Now we didn't do a perfect job, but it is very common to use more than one selection tool at a time.

So I'll give you a preview of one of the automatic selection tools, which is located here. I'm going to click on the tool that is showing here and I'm going to choose the Selection Brush tool, which is a great tool for drawing in little bits of selections when you try to select with another tool and you haven't exactly gotten it right. So with that Selection Brush tool, I'll come in, I'm going to make my brush tip smaller by pressing the left bracket key on my keyboard as I showed you, how to do earlier in this course. That makes the brush really small. Then I'm just going to come in and brush over this little area to round out that circular selection.

May be I can do the same over here on the top right of the circle. There we go. So that's how you use the manual selection tools, the Rectangular Marquee tool, the Elliptical Marquee tool, the Lasso, the Polygonal Lasso and the Magnetic Lasso to make selections.

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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