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Making polygonal selections

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Video: Making polygonal selections

While the Lasso tool is good for quick uncomplicated image element selections, the Polygonal Selection tool enables much greater control over following the edge of a complex shape or element. Now we are going to begin by going up to where the Lasso tool is currently active and click and hold. That will pop-up the little fly-out menu for our tool options and I'm going to go over to the right here and select the Polygonal Selection tool. Now, I'm going to start at the bottom here and we'll begin by creating the point, and you will see what immediately happens is it creates a rubber band line and I can now start to create a series of points and each time I have the option to decide where that point is going to be.

Making polygonal selections

While the Lasso tool is good for quick uncomplicated image element selections, the Polygonal Selection tool enables much greater control over following the edge of a complex shape or element. Now we are going to begin by going up to where the Lasso tool is currently active and click and hold. That will pop-up the little fly-out menu for our tool options and I'm going to go over to the right here and select the Polygonal Selection tool. Now, I'm going to start at the bottom here and we'll begin by creating the point, and you will see what immediately happens is it creates a rubber band line and I can now start to create a series of points and each time I have the option to decide where that point is going to be.

So I'm going to start to work my way around this object and I think you can see right away. In the first instance, we used the Lasso tool on a simpler object which was fine, but I would never attempt to use the Lasso tool for this kind of complex object. As you can see, there is more complexity to the shape than I would ever want to attempt with it. So in this case, it's just a matter of kind of walking these little flying segments around your object and when you work on circular areas as I'm doing, it's best to work in shorter line segments. Otherwise, you will start to get an artifact that I call poker chipping that's where you can start to see the visible facets of the line elements that you have created.

Here, we come around, we are in the home stretch and I could sit here and click all day and nothing happens. You have to use the Enter key or the Return key and that creates your selection. So now that I have got this selected, I still have the option to add or subtract to it using the same tool. For example, I can see an instance here where that's a little inward, a little more than I would like. So if I hold down my Shift key, you will see I get the little plus sign. That means I can now add to this. So I'm just going to go in and just select a little bit more perhaps here and in this case just letting up adds to the selection.

It doesn't look like I quite did it, so I'll go out, just a little bit more here. And then as soon as I led up the Shift key, which I'm holding to add to that selection, that's what interprets it as your finish with the selection. So you do have the option with this tool as well to go around and refine it with the tool. Now, the reason you are seeing that little cross hair there is that lets me pick up the selection and move it if I want which I normally wouldn't want to do here, so if I do a couple of Undos, I'll get it back to where it was. And as we did before, if I do a Command+ C or Ctrl+C that copies and then if I do a Command+V or Ctrl+V that pastes it and it's just it's pasting it in place.

That's why nothing seems to be happening. But with the Layer Selection tool now active I can pick this up and move it around. So, that's a very good way to be able to select an area. The Polygonal Selection tool enables greater precision when selecting complex elements. Don't forget to use it in those situations!

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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