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In Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth, author Jan Kabili offers a comprehensive tour of Photoshop CS5's selection features. Selection options are the key to performing creative imaging tasks, such as isolating photo adjustments and making image composites. This course covers selection basics as well as the nuances of selections, including selecting hair, refining masks, saving and recalling selections, working in Quick Mask mode, and creating selections based on image properties, such as luminosity and color channels. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you are working with the selections, a fundamental skill is knowing how to deselect, or eliminate the marching ants when you're done with them. To show you that, I will make a simple selection, by selecting the Rectangular Marquee tool in the toolbox and then moving into the image and clicking and dragging a rectangular selection around the white part of this sign. I'd like to fill that area with a color. I will select the color by getting the Eyedropper tool in the toolbox and clicking in the yellow part of my image, and that sets the foreground color in the toolbox to this desaturated yellow.
Next, I will go up to the Edit menu, and I will choose Fill. Here, in the Fill dialog box, I will make sure the Use menu is set to Foreground Color, and then I will go down to the Blending mode menu. I am going to change the Blending mode from Normal to Color so that when I fill with this yellow, I will be able to retain the underlying tonality of the photograph. I will click OK, and now I am done with the marching ants. To eliminate the marching ants, I could come up to the Select menu and choose Deselect.
But this is a command that you will use so often that I recommend that you memorize the keyboard shortcut for deselecting, and that's Command+D on the Mac or Ctrl+D on the PC. So I will move off the menu, and I will use that keyboard shortcut, and that eliminates the marching ants. If I go back to the Select menu, you can see that there is also a Reselect command. This command will bring back the last selection that I made. So if I haven't made any selections in between, I can bring back that last rectangular selection by choosing Select > Reselect.
There is another way to deselect or eliminate the marching ants that you may run into by mistake, and that is the default behavior of every single selection tool. I will go back and click on the Rectangular Marquee tool as an example, and notice that up in the Options bar, this icon, New selection, is enabled by default. What New selection means is that every time I click with the Selection tool in the image, Photoshop will start to make a new selection for me. So with any of the Selection tools targeted in the toolbox, if I move into the image and click, I can inadvertently eliminate my marching ants.
So that's just something to be aware of, and we will learn more about the new Selection icon, the Add to Selection icon, and the others in this group in a later movie in this course.
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