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Selecting the border of an existing selection

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Video: Selecting the border of an existing selection

One of the interesting options available for modifying the shape of a selection is the border option. Let's take a look at how you might utilize this option. I'll get started by creating a selection, in this case, using the rectangular marquee tool. And so, I'll choose the rectangular marquee tool from the toolbox, and then I'll click and drag in order to define a selection. In this case, just a selection near the edge of the overall image. And so I have a selection of the central portion of the image, and of course the area outside that selection is not selected.

Selecting the border of an existing selection

One of the interesting options available for modifying the shape of a selection is the border option. Let's take a look at how you might utilize this option. I'll get started by creating a selection, in this case, using the rectangular marquee tool. And so, I'll choose the rectangular marquee tool from the toolbox, and then I'll click and drag in order to define a selection. In this case, just a selection near the edge of the overall image. And so I have a selection of the central portion of the image, and of course the area outside that selection is not selected.

And so if I were to apply an adjustment I would only be effecting this specific area, the inner portion of the image. But what if I wanted to have a band that goes around this area, in other words the selection that borders either side of this existing selection, the edge of that selection. Well that's where the border option for modifying a selection comes in. I'll go to the Select menu and then choose Modify followed by Border. That will bring up the Border Selection dialogue where I can enter a width in pixels.

I'll just type ten for example, so I can have a ten pixel wide border. That is centered on my existing selection edge. I'll go ahead and click the okay button and now you can see that I have a border selection, a selection that encompasses the area surrounding the edge of the selection I created initially. And so if I were to apply an adjustment, for example it would affect only that small area. I'll illustrate that by adding an adjustment layer, in this case just the curve's adjustment layer and you can see that I'm able to apply an adjustment to just that border area. So, an interesting and sometimes a useful option for modifying an existing selection creating a border selection along the edge of that initial selection.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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Tim Grey
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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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