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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Understanding selections


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with Jan Kabili

Video: Understanding selections

There are times when you are going to want to act on just part of a photograph or another image, but if you don't have multiple layers in the image, that's difficult to do. That's where selections come in. Selections allow you to isolate part of an image and work on just that part, without disturbing the rest of the image. This movie is an introduction to selections, to show you why they come in handy, and then I will go into more detail about making and using selections in the rest of this chapter. So here, let's say that I want to change the color of just this pink balloon and nothing else in the image.
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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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Oct 13, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, ratings, and filters
  • Fixing group shots and merging multiple exposures with Guided Edit
  • Correcting photos automatically in Quick Fix
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct color and lighting
  • Eliminating red-eye in portrait shots
  • Reducing digital noise
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Understanding selections

There are times when you are going to want to act on just part of a photograph or another image, but if you don't have multiple layers in the image, that's difficult to do. That's where selections come in. Selections allow you to isolate part of an image and work on just that part, without disturbing the rest of the image. This movie is an introduction to selections, to show you why they come in handy, and then I will go into more detail about making and using selections in the rest of this chapter. So here, let's say that I want to change the color of just this pink balloon and nothing else in the image.

There's only a single layer in the image, so I can't rely on layers to isolate the pink balloon. Instead I will make a selection that contains just the pink balloon. There are lots of different Selection tools and methods, and I will cover some of those in the movies to come. For now I am going to use one of my favorite selection tools, the Quick Selection tool, which is located right here in the toolbox. Be sure to get the Quick Selection tool and not the Selection Brush tool for this example. With this tool, I will move into the image and I am going to make my brush smaller, because the Selection Brush tool tends to work better with the small brush.

So I will press the Left Bracket key a couple of times, and then I am going to click on top of the pink balloon and start dragging over it. The Quick Selection tool immediately moves ahead of me and creates this selection around just the pink balloon. Its selected the balloon based on its color and its tone, and it's even able to recognize the edges of the balloon. The animated dashes that you see here are called marching ants, and they represent the boundary of a selection. Now when I take some kind of action on this image, it will affect only the area inside the marching ants.

What I would like to do is to fill the selection with a color other than pink. To do that I am going to go up to the Edit menu, I am going to go down to Fill Selection. That opens this dialog box, where I can choose the color with which to fill the selection. I will go to the Use menu to do that, and I have a choice between whatever colors are in the Foreground or Background Color boxes, the choice to fill with a Pattern or with Black, Gray, or White. There's also a choice here Color, so I am going to click that to open the Color Picker.

In the Color Picker, I will use the sliders on this bar to move up to the blue area, as I showed you how to do earlier. Then in the area on the left, I am going to choose a shade of light blue with which to fill, and then I am going to click OK to close the Color Picker. Back in the Fill dialog box, I want to be sure to come down to the Blending mode menu and change it from Normal to Multiply. That will change the formula with which the blue color will blend with the tones in the pink balloon.

If I just left that at Normal, I would get a really solid graphic blue here, instead of a blue that lets the photograph show through. Now I am ready to click OK to fill the selection with blue, and that's the result. The blue blends with the pink on the underlying layer to give me this purple color, and I can even see the highlights in the balloon, all because I chose that Multiply Blend mode. Now, I still have the marching ants around the selection. How do you get rid of marching ants? You deselect. One way to deselect is to move up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect.

But this is a command you are going to use so often that I strongly recommend that you memorize the keyboard shortcut for Deselect, which is Command+D. Either way the marching ants disappear and the selection is now gone. So the beauty of selections is that they allow you to work on just part of an image without affecting the rest of the image, regardless of whether or not your artwork is isolated on separate layers.

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