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Using manual selection tools


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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Using manual selection tools

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.
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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training
11h 3m Beginner Mar 12, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
  • Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
  • Automatically tagging people
  • Organizing photos into albums
  • Renaming and moving photos
  • Correcting common photo problems automatically
  • Retouching photos of friends and family
  • Adjusting lighting and color
  • Working with layers and layer masks
  • Converting photos to black-and-white
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Adding text to photos
  • Working with raw photos
  • Making a slideshow
  • Ordering prints
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Using manual selection tools

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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