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Modifying and saving selections

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Video: Modifying and saving selections

There are often times when a single initial selection won't be sufficient, so I'd like to show you some ways that you can modify your selections to make them a little more complex. I'll start by explaining these icons up here in the Options bar. You'll find these with any of the selection tools. The first icon creates a new selection and will make your initial selection disappear, as I explained earlier. The next icon will add to a selection. The next will subtract from a selection and the next will select only intersecting parts of multiple selections.

Modifying and saving selections

There are often times when a single initial selection won't be sufficient, so I'd like to show you some ways that you can modify your selections to make them a little more complex. I'll start by explaining these icons up here in the Options bar. You'll find these with any of the selection tools. The first icon creates a new selection and will make your initial selection disappear, as I explained earlier. The next icon will add to a selection. The next will subtract from a selection and the next will select only intersecting parts of multiple selections.

I am going to get the rectangular Marquee tool from the toolbar and I am going to come into this image and make a selection around this blue tile. Now let's say that I want to add to this selection. To do that, I'll go up to the Options bar for the Rectangular Marquee and click the Add to Selection icon here and then I can come in and I can expand that selection by clicking inside of it and dragging off to the left and that makes that selection bigger or I could add to the selection elsewhere in the image in nonadjacent areas like this.

Now let's say that I want to remove part of the selection, to do that I'll go up to the Subtract From Selection icon and I can come into the image and click and drag over part of an existing selection to eliminate that part of the selection. I can also eliminate this part as well and then finally, there is the intersecting selection icon here, which I will select, and then I'll come into the image, I'm going to draw a vertical selection right in the middle of the existing selection around this blue tile. Now the only part that is selected is the part that intersected those two selections.

I am going to deselect by pressing Command+D and by the way there's also a Reselect command up here in the Select menu. So if I haven't made any other selections in the meantime, I can choose Reselect and that will bring back the last selection. I am going to deselect again by pressing Command+D on my keyboard. Now I'd like to show you some of these selection modification commands in the Select menu. Let's say that I want to select all of this tile. Rather than have to try to fit a selection around the whole thing, I can just make a small selection of blue pixels in the tile and then go up to the Select menu and choose Grow.

That causes the selection to expand to encompass all of the adjacent pixels to those that I'd selected that are similar in color and tone. Now let's say that I actually want to try to select all of the blue tiles in this image. This time, with a selection of some of the blue tiles active, I'll go up to the select menu and I'll choose Similar. The program attempts to select all of the blue pixels throughout the image that are similar in color and tone to those in my initial selection. So you can see that that command can save you a lot of work.

Now let's say that I've made a relatively complex selection like this and I don't want to spend the time to reselect it in the future. I can save any selection and bring it back later, even after I saved and closed the image and reopened it again. To save this selection, I go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and I'll choose Save Selection. In the Save Selection dialog box I will give the selection a name. I call this one Blue tiles and in the operation area, I'll leave New Selection chosen and I'll click okay.

Now I'm going to deselect by pressing Command+D. So let's say sometime in the future I want to get that selection back. All I have to do is go to the Select menu, go down to Load Selection and in the Load Selection dialog box choose the correct selection from the selection menu and their can be more then one save selection in the same image and then I will click OK and that brings the selection right back. So I don't have to spend time and effort reselecting. So try using some of the techniques I have shown you here to modify your initial selections, adding to selections, subtracting from selections, growing selections, making similar selections of color and tone and when you're done, saving your selections so that you can bring them back later.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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