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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
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Selecting with the marquee tools


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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

with Jan Kabili

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There are number of different Selection tools that you can use in the toolbar. Knowing what each selection tool does will help you choose the best one for a particular job. In this movie we'll take a look at the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools in the toolbar, and we'll take a look at some of the options for those tools. In particular, those that allow you to add to and subtract from a selection. The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools are used to manually draw geometric selections. So with the Rectangular Marquee Tool selected in the toolbar if I move into the image and drag, that gives me a rectangular selection.
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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
4h 17m Beginner Nov 07, 2012

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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.

Topics include:
  • Arranging the panels and interface
  • Cropping and resizing photos
  • Creating new layers
  • Refining selections
  • Hiding content with a layer mask
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
  • Converting a color photo to black and white
  • Creating a panorama from multiple photos
  • Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
  • Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Selecting with the marquee tools

There are number of different Selection tools that you can use in the toolbar. Knowing what each selection tool does will help you choose the best one for a particular job. In this movie we'll take a look at the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools in the toolbar, and we'll take a look at some of the options for those tools. In particular, those that allow you to add to and subtract from a selection. The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools are used to manually draw geometric selections. So with the Rectangular Marquee Tool selected in the toolbar if I move into the image and drag, that gives me a rectangular selection.

I'll click outside that selection to delete it. Now if I hold down the Shift key and drag with the Rectangular Marquee, I get a perfectly square selection. Again I'll click outside that selection so that I can show you what the Elliptical Marquee tool does. In the Options bar for the Rectangular Marquee, there is the related Elliptical Marquee Tool, which I'll select here. When I click and drag with the Elliptical Marquee tool, I get an oval selection. I'll click outside of that selection and this time I'll hold the Shift key and click and drag and I get a perfect circular selection.

I'll click outside of that selection too and I'm going to go back to the Rectangular Marquee Tool for a moment, because I want to show you what this set of icons does down here in the Options bar for all of the selection tools. You can use these icons to add to, subtract from, or intersect a selection. By default the Marquee and Lasso tools are set to this first icon, which is make a new selection. That's why if I make one selection with this tool and then I click outside of it, the first election is gone.

If that happens to you, by the way, and you meant to keep your selection you can go up to the Select menu right away, without doing anything else, and choose Reselect. If you have done something else in between then Reselect won't help you, but in that case you can go to the Window menu and open the History panel and you could step back through your history states to bring back your selection. Now sometimes you don't want to start a new selection but you want to add to the initial selection. So to do that I'll come down to these options and I'll click on the Add to Selection option.

And then I'll move into the image and I'll click and drag over these other bricks as well. And I'm going to overlap my initial selection, so that adds to that initial selection. I could even come in and select an area that is not contiguous with the first, for example this brick down here. If you select something that you don't want, it often comes in handy to be able to subtract from your initial selection. For that, I'll click on the Subtract from selection icon and then I'll come up here and I'll click-and-drag over this brick to subtract it from the initial selection.

And I don't have to be exceedingly careful when I do that; as you can see I can go outside the boundary of the area that I want to subtract. And then there's the Intersect icon down here. If I get that icon and I come in and click and drag over this brick, then when I release my mouse, the intersecting area will be the only thing that's selected. Now that I have a selection, let's do something to it. I'm going to go down to the taskbar and click Effects and that fills the panel bin with various kinds of effects: Filters, Styles, and Photographic effects.

I'll leave this set to Filters and I'll choose a category of filter. I'm going to go with the Texture category, and then I'm going to double-click the first icon here in the Texture category and the only part of the image that's affected by that filter is the area of the active layer that's selected. Now to deselect, because I don't have the new icon highlighted here in the options, I need to use the Deselect command. To do that I'll go up to the Select menu and I'll choose Deselect, or I'll use the common keyboard shortcut for deselect: Ctrl+D on the PC or Command+D on the Mac.

So that's how to use the Geometric Selection tools. What if you don't have a geometric area to select? Stay tuned for the next movies where I will show you how you can use the Lasso tools and after that how you can select by tone and color.

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