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Modifying and saving selections


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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There are often times when a simple single selection won't be sufficient. Let me show you some ways to modify your selections to make them more complex. I'm using stairs2.jpg from the 08_04 modifying subfolder inside the Chapter 08 Exercise Files folder. I'm going to the Toolbox and I'm going to select the Rectangular Marquee tool and then come into the this image and draw a Rectangular selection around one of these blue tiles. Now let's say I want to include another tile in my selection. As soon as I start to click and drag around that tile, the first selection disappears.
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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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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Modifying and saving selections

There are often times when a simple single selection won't be sufficient. Let me show you some ways to modify your selections to make them more complex. I'm using stairs2.jpg from the 08_04 modifying subfolder inside the Chapter 08 Exercise Files folder. I'm going to the Toolbox and I'm going to select the Rectangular Marquee tool and then come into the this image and draw a Rectangular selection around one of these blue tiles. Now let's say I want to include another tile in my selection. As soon as I start to click and drag around that tile, the first selection disappears.

That's because in the Options bar for the Rectangular Marquee tool, the new selection icon is chosen by default so that every time I start to draw again with the selection tool, the first selection is eliminated. To fix that, I can click on the second icon here in the Options bar, which will allow me to add to the initial selection. So I'll click there and now I can come in and drag around a second tile and the first selection stays put and I can get a third tile and as many as I want. And then I could fill these with another color or perhaps use one of the enhanced adjustments on just these selected areas.

Now let's say I decide I only want two of these tiles to be selected. I can subtract from the selection this way. By going to the Options bar again and choosing Subtract from selection and clicking on the Subtract from selection icon, and then coming back into my image and clicking and dragging over that area and that gets rid of that part of the selection only leaving the rest of it there. I'm going to press the Ctrl and D keys to deselect this selection and I'm going to come in again with the same Rectangular Marquee and select just part of this tile. Now let's say that I wished I had drawn a selection to cover the entire tile. A quick way to expand that selection to all of the blue on that tile is to go to the Select menu at the top of the screen and down to Grow. What Grow does is check the color and tone of the image and try to select all of the adjacent pixels of a similar color and tone.

Now let's say I wanted to expand that selection to all the blue tiles. I'll go back to Select menu and I'll go down to Similar. Similar is much like Grow except that it will select areas of similar color and tone throughout the image even if those areas are not adjacent to one another. So that's a very quick way to select all the blue areas in this image. It didn't do a perfect job this time, but it's close. Now let's say that I like this selection and I don't want to spend time reselecting it. I can save any selection and bring it back later, even after I save and close the image and reopen it again. To save this selection, I'm going to the Select menu at top of the screen and I'm going to choose Save Selection.

Here I'll give the selection a name. I'll call it Dark tiles and I'll press OK. Now I'm going to press Ctrl+D to deselect and if I changed my mind and I want that selection back at any time, I can go to the Select menu and down to Load Selection. I can press this arrow to check that I have my Dark tiles selection here because I can have multiple save selections in the same image and then I'll press OK, and that brings that my selection like magic.

So, when you're making more complex selections on photographs like this one, check out some of the modification tools. So when you are making a more complex selection, you can use some of the techniques I've shown you here, to add to selections, to subtract from selections, to grow your selections. When you are done making a complex selection, go ahead and save it so that you can bring it back later.

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