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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
I want to give you a couple of tricks to transform and work with selections as you are creating them and getting them just right. Let's say I want to select the center of this flower in a rectangular shape. So, I have got my Rectangular Marquee tool chosen. I will press M if I don't have that. If for some reason, your current Selection tool is the Elliptical Selection tool instead of Rectangle, just press Shift+ M to toggle back and forth between the two. All right. So, again, when you make a selection, typically the behavior is you start in one corner and drag to the other. I always get a chuckle out of watching brand new people, because it takes a while to get used to where you are supposed to start the click.
So, here I didn't start in the right corner all the way, because I am clipping the top of that center of that flower. So, most people are like, "oh, I started in the wrong spot!" and they click outside and they try again. Ah, well. That may be what they wanted. Let's say that you keep trying multiple times, and you are just not quite eying that right. Well, rather than starting over again while you are in the middle of making the selection, so you still have your mouse button down, you are dragging back and forth here, if you notice that it's not in the right position, simply hold down the Spacebar and reposition it. So, drag now.
Instead of adding and making the selection bigger, you are actually repositioning its starting point. So, move it to where you want it. When you have got it where you want it, let go of the Spacebar and keep dragging with the mouse. So, that lets you reposition the selection as you make it. So, let's say I wasn't paying attention. I slipped, I let go of the mouse, and I have now got my selection on the image here. And I want to reposition it. Well, that's simple,. Just go click in the middle of it and drag it. But what if I see that it's not quite the right shape and size? Well, I need to learn how to transform the selection, reshape it if you will.
Now, you don't want to do Free Transform, Command+T or Ctrl+T, because what that does is put a bounding box around the selection that you have, but Free Transform actually works on pixels. You can see I am actually scaling those pixels and cutting a hole out of the background there. That's not what I wanted. So, I am going to press the Escape key. We don't want to use Free Transform. We want to use a different command under the Select menu called Transform Selection. It works exactly the same in terms of putting a bounding box around the marching ants there, the Selection Marquee.
But instead of actually transforming pixels, you are just transforming the actual rectangle. So, it lets you resize it and reshape it, and gives you a little bit more flexibility. So, if you didn't get the selection right the first time as you were dragging it out, don't worry about it. Just go to the Transform Selection command. It's under the Select menu. Make your transformation. You can even rotate it. Just like everything you can do with Free Transform, instead of transforming pixels, you are transforming that selection. When you think you have it the way you want it, just press the Enter key and there is your transformed selection.
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