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Why make selections?

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Why make selections?

Now I would like to explain what selections are and why you might want to use them. By making a selection you can apply an adjustment or an effect to a specific area of an image rather than the entire image overall. There are several tools available for making selections and the more you know about them, the easier it will be for you to complete difficult selections quickly without expending a lot of effort. Okay, I'm in the Bridge application and what I would like to do is locate a specific image within our catalog images, which are part of our exercise files, to open up in the Elements' Editing workspace. So let's go into the Edit menu and choose Find and where it says Criteria, Filename contains, I would like to type in leaf and then click the Find button. That brings up these images that have the word leaf in the filename. I would like to focus on the first image, leaf_and_dew_01. Double-click that to open it up in the Elements' Editing workspace.

Why make selections?

Now I would like to explain what selections are and why you might want to use them. By making a selection you can apply an adjustment or an effect to a specific area of an image rather than the entire image overall. There are several tools available for making selections and the more you know about them, the easier it will be for you to complete difficult selections quickly without expending a lot of effort. Okay, I'm in the Bridge application and what I would like to do is locate a specific image within our catalog images, which are part of our exercise files, to open up in the Elements' Editing workspace. So let's go into the Edit menu and choose Find and where it says Criteria, Filename contains, I would like to type in leaf and then click the Find button. That brings up these images that have the word leaf in the filename. I would like to focus on the first image, leaf_and_dew_01. Double-click that to open it up in the Elements' Editing workspace.

All right so now what I would like to do here is explain why you would make selections. If you look over here in your Tools palette, you will see this second section between these two dividing lines and these are all of your selection making tools. Over here in the upper-left you have your Rectangular Marquee tool and your Elliptical Marquee tool. If you click on the tool, you can access either one of these, okay. Now these are great tools for selecting large areas of an image and again you would want to select those areas so that you can apply a specific effect or possibly make an adjustment to just those areas of the image.

I will show you what I mean. If I click and drag with the Rectangular Marquee tool as I'm holding down the mouse button and clicking and dragging. If I hold down the spacebar, I can actually move the selected area before I let up on the mouse button and then let up on both and I have made a rectangular selection around the main object here in our image, the leaf and it's shadow, right. So now when I have this area selected. I can inverse the selection by choosing Select > Inverse or using this keyboard shortcut of Command+Shift+I.

That's a good one to learn. And then I can press Delete and now I have a border effect. All right, so if I deselect by pressing Command+D or choosing Select > Deselect. I have now created a border effect on the fly, okay and I was able to do that by selecting a large area of the image with the Rectangular Marquee tool. Okay, let's Undo and then Undo again to get back to our original image here. I'm going to deselect and do the same thing with the Elliptical Marquee tool, okay maybe create a little vignette type of effect. Again I'm holding down that Spacebar to reposition and when I'm ready I let up, I have made my selection.

I'm going to this time, choose Select > Feather, add a pretty large feather. Actually, the last Feather I used was 100 pixels and that's actually pretty good. I'm going to leave that in there, click OK. I'm going to inverse the selection and then again press Delete. Okay, deselect, Command+D, and this time we have created an interesting little vignette effect and we were able to do so by selecting a large area of the image with the Elliptical Marquee tool this time. Let's Undo again couple of times. I can deselect by pressing Command+D.

Now the other instance where you may want to make a selection is to select a specific area in the image, not just a large area like we just did with the Elliptical and Rectangular Marquee Tools. But something much more specific and that's where these tools come in, the Lasso tool, Magnetic Lasso tool and Polygonal Lasso tool. We also have the Magic Wand and the Quick Selection tool; we also have a Selection Brush. Okay, so there is lot of different tools for making very specific selections, okay.

The best and the most powerful of all these tools for making very specific selections is the Quick Selection tool, just very quickly I will show you what I mean. If I hover over the leaf and let's say I just want to select the leaf and its shadow, what I can do, I'm going to resize the Quick Selection tool by using the right bracket key to increase the size. Click that a few times and then I'm going to click and drag over the leaf to select it and what it's doing, it's able to calculate exactly what is I'm trying to select.

It's looking for areas of high contrast in the image and if I want to add the shadow to it I can just click and drag over here. If I want to add the little stem of the shadow, probably I have to zoom in some and resize the brush. Let's go ahead and do that. Holding down Command and spacebar to temporarily access the Zoom tool, marqueeing over that area by clicking and dragging, resizing the brush with the left bracket key, hitting that several times. And then clicking and dragging right over it. I'm going to hold down the Option key and then click and drag just over this little area where it extended out beyond the area that I wanted to select.

That looks pretty good to me, I'm going to go ahead and fit in window by pressing Command+0 and now I have my selection. What we can do is go ahead and cut this onto its own layer, let's go ahead and press Command+Shift+J. We have it now on its own layer, cut form the background. If I select the Background layer I can fill that with white by pressing Command+Delete and now we have extracted a very specific selection on to its own layer. We can now combine with other imagery, if we wanted to we could bring in other photographs into here or we could drag this layer into another image, create a collage.

So that's an instance where you might want to make a very specific selection and again the strongest tool for doing that is the Quick Selection tool. All right selections are very powerful; they allow you to apply effects and adjustments to specific areas of your image. They are also great for selecting areas that you want to extract from an image like you can see here.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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