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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
There are a number of different selection tools. They are located in the second section of the toolbar. Let's start by looking at the Manual Selection tools, the ones that you apply by clicking and dragging in an image. The best tool to choose depends on what you're trying to select. So if you are trying to make a rectangular selection, the best tool is usually the Rectangular Marquee tool, which is located right here in the toolbar. With that tool selected, I can click and drag a rectangular selection in any rectangular shape, a big rectangle like this.
I'll click to dismiss that. A tall, thin rectangle like this, I'll click again to deselect that, or a short and wide rectangle like this, and I'll click again to deselect that. If you're wondering why clicking is deselecting my selections, that's because by default, this tool and all of the tools except for the Quick Selection tool has an option up here, the New Selection option, and what this option does is start a new selection for me every time that I click, dismissing the old selection.
What if I don't want to make a rectangle or a square, I need an oval selection. For that I'll go to the Rectangular Marquee tool, I'll click and hold to bring up a flyout menu and from that menu, I'll choose the Elliptical Marquee tool. With this tool, I can click and drag a selection that will be an oval. Sometimes I'll do this when I want the edges of the photo to be darker. If I invert this selection by going up to the Select menu and choosing Inverse, then I can fill the resulting selection outside of this oval with a darker color.
But for now I'm just going to deselect by clicking in the image. Sometimes you may want a perfect circle for your selection. In that case hold down the Shift Key and click and drag with the Elliptical Marquee tool. Then release the mouse first and second, release the Shift key. If you don't release in that order, the circle can get distorted. Speaking of distortion, sometimes you do want to distort or reshape a selection after you've made it. To do that with the marching ants still active, go up to the Select menu and choose Transform Selection, and that adds this bounding box around the selection.
I can move my mouse over any of the borders of the bounding box, or any of the corner anchor points and I can click and drag to reshape the selection, and when I'm satisfied with it, I'll click the green check mark to accept that change. I'm going to click again to dismiss that selection and show you some other manual selection tools, two of the Lasso tools. I'll click on the Lasso tool here in the toolbar and choose the regular lasso. This is a free-form tool, that allows me to make a selection in any shape, and with my mouse held down I'll just drag out a free-form shape and when I get near the beginning I'll release my mouse to close that selection.
This tool can be a little hard to control and it's not often that practical. But once in a while it may come in handy. I'll click to dismiss that selection to show you another Lasso tool. I'll click on the regular lasso and from the flyout menu I'm going to skip over to the Magnetic Lasso tool because that's really an automatic tool which I'll show you in another movie, and I'll go down to the Polygonal Lasso tool. This tool is used to make straight edge selections, like a triangle or a pentagon or any shape with straight edges.
To use it, I'll click once to fasten an initial anchor point, and then I'll take my finger off the mouse and I'll just guide the mouse without pressing down on it, down to another point, where I'll click to fasten this thread that I've created. Again, I'll keep my finger off the mouse and I'll move the mouse and I'll click to fasten another point, and then I'll go back up toward the beginning and when I see that tiny circle I'll click to close that triangle. Or if I get near the beginning point I can double-click and the selection will close.
Now sometimes this tool can get away from you. So for example, if I click with this tool to start a selection and I start making it, and then I decide that I want start again. How do I stop the tool from continuing to pull this thread? Well the answer is to use the Escape key on the keyboard. So I'll do that now and that takes me back to my last selection. I'll click Escape again and my Polygonal Lasso selections are gone. So that's a look at the Manual Selection tools in the Full Photo Edit Workspace.
In another movie, we'll look at some selection tools that work more automatically.
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