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Working with the Rectangular Selection tool

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Video: Working with the Rectangular Selection tool

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at Selection tools, and within the world of digital imaging, selecting an area of that image is a very useful tool and it's in fact used all the time for all kinds of different activities. For example, you may want to select something out of an image. You may want to change a color within an image. You may want to make a copy of something in an image. All of these things require first creating a selection in order to do those kinds of activities.

Working with the Rectangular Selection tool

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at Selection tools, and within the world of digital imaging, selecting an area of that image is a very useful tool and it's in fact used all the time for all kinds of different activities. For example, you may want to select something out of an image. You may want to change a color within an image. You may want to make a copy of something in an image. All of these things require first creating a selection in order to do those kinds of activities.

And so, I am going to go through and show you those in this chapter. I am going to begin however, with just the humble Rectangular Selection tool. This is the simplest of selection tools. It simply makes a rectangular selection. To show you how this works, once I've got a rectangular selection, I am going to take my airbrush here and just draw in it. So the first and foremost aspect of what a selection tool does is, it isolates an area. So now that that selection is in place, I can do different things inside of it and it won't affect any other area.

Of course, we have undo, so I can get back from that so it's not permanent on my image. The other thing I can do is, I can use the Invert command, which if I go right here, Invert Selection, and now it's going to let me do something on that image. It's going to let me affect everything, but what my original selection was. Because as you can see now, the so-called marching ants are now on the outside of what the original selection was. If we go back to selection, and Invert that again, you can see now it doesn't look any different here, but there's no longer a selection on the outside.

So we can flip the meaning of the selection anytime we want with the Invert Selection command. Now once again, I am going to undo here, get back to my selection as it originally was, and another thing that is possible here is you can add to and subtract from selection. So I am going to continue to use the Rectangular Selection at this point to show you this, but if I hold down the Shift key, you will see a little Plus shows up next to my icon, that allows me to go in now and I can start to build a larger selection with this particular Additive Selection mode we are in.

Conversely, if I hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, you will see now there is a negative sign on there. That allows me to go in, and in this case like punch a hole right in the center of that. So, just using this one tool and the fact that I can toggle back and forth between creating this selection, adding to a selection, subtracting from the selection, makes it very easy to start to get a rather complex shape. And once again, if I go back to my airbrush, and just paint in here, you can see I have made a fairly complex shape just out of rectangular selections that are carving into and adding to my initial selection.

So that's yet another basic feature of selection, the ability to add to and subtract from it. And as we go forward, you will see how very useful that is. I'm showing you right now the most simplest of selection mode here, just with a rectangular selection, but in the next video, I am going to go on and we are going to start dealing with some of the subject matter, that's actually on the image behind this here.

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  1. 1m 20s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 5m 4s
    1. Understanding what Painter 12 can do
      1m 45s
    2. Let's paint!
      3m 19s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Starting Painter 12 for the first time
      4m 4s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 36s
    3. Working with templates
      3m 12s
  4. 30m 37s
    1. Painter's shiny new interface
      6m 43s
    2. Understanding the Tool palette and property bar
      4m 12s
    3. Using media selectors
      3m 43s
    4. Working with the Brush Selector
      7m 17s
    5. Configuring panels and palettes
      3m 41s
    6. Navigating Painter
      5m 1s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Setting preferences
      6m 59s
    2. Arranging palettes
      1m 28s
    3. Creating custom palettes
      6m 30s
    4. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding workspaces
      3m 52s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Controlling color with the Color palette
      7m 12s
    2. Working with the Temporal Color palette
      3m 0s
    3. Mixing color with the Mixer palette
      11m 3s
    4. Working with color sets
      7m 22s
  7. 56m 31s
    1. Introduction to brushes in Painter 12
      41s
    2. Understanding brush size adjustment
      2m 46s
    3. Exploring brush controls
      17m 44s
    4. Using the Computed Circular palette and stroke attribute brushes
      4m 13s
    5. Painting with Real Watercolor brushes
      7m 34s
    6. Painting with Real Wet Oil brushes
      3m 20s
    7. Working with Impasto
      8m 10s
    8. Working with texture-aware media
      12m 3s
  8. 13m 38s
    1. Understanding Quick Clone
      3m 58s
    2. Working with the Clone Source panel
      7m 22s
    3. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      2m 18s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding the Underpainting palette
      9m 25s
    2. Exploring the Auto-Painting and Smart Stroke palettes
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Restoration palette
      6m 5s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Working with the Rectangular Selection tool
      3m 25s
    2. Using the Lasso tool
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting items with the Polygon tool
      2m 39s
    4. Understanding the Magic Wand tool
      7m 55s
    5. The Channels palette
      4m 50s
  11. 29m 1s
    1. Understanding the flexibility of layers
      7m 25s
    2. Preserving transparency in layers
      5m 37s
    3. Picking up underlying color in layers
      5m 13s
    4. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 52s
    5. Working with layer masks
      7m 54s
  12. 24m 3s
    1. Painting with symmetry
      9m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Blur
      4m 43s
    3. Working with seamless patterns
      10m 14s
  13. 25m 10s
    1. Introduction to the Image Hose
      2m 13s
    2. Understanding Image Hose controls
      9m 58s
    3. Working with nozzle files
      12m 59s
  14. 14m 32s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 59s
    2. The PSD format: what's compatible and what's not
      5m 3s
    3. Color management compatibility
      4m 30s
  15. 7m 0s
    1. Your best friend: Undo
      1m 50s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 55s
    3. Save often, save early
      3m 15s
  16. 9m 48s
    1. The panic button
      2m 13s
    2. Using the Shift key restart
      2m 1s
    3. Re-importing a workspace
      4m 4s
    4. Troubleshooting: My brush won't paint
      1m 30s
  17. 3m 20s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 20s

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