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There are many times when you want to act on just part of a photograph. If you do not have layers in the image, it is difficult to act upon just part of a photograph. That is where selections come in. Selections allow you to isolate part of an image and work on just that part. Let me give you an example. Here we have a beautiful dog and I would like to keep this image except I took this picture under a table and someone's knee is in the picture, I would like to fill that. In order to fill that area without filling the entire image, I need to select just the area above the dog. I can use the Quick Selection tool here in Elements to do that pretty quickly. I'm just going to come in and drag with that tool, and then I'll get my Eyedropper tool. I'll get myself the same color of the rest of the background by clicking in that area. It is kind of a dark red. Then I'm going to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose Fill Selection.
I'll leave all the defaults and I'll click OK. I have now filled that area and it took what, less than a minute. I can get rid of the selection that you see there by holding the Ctrl key and pressing D. 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.
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