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Transforming a selection

From: Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Video: Transforming a selection

Sometimes, at first glance, you might think a selection is going to be very easy to create. And then you run into a little bit of difficulty. And I think this image represents a pretty good example. When I initially saw this image and decided I might like to extract the logo in the center here, I thought, oh, well I'll just use the eliptical marquee tool since the shape Is an ellipse and that didn't work out so well. But, let's take a look at how we can fine tune a selection when we run into this type of situation. I'll start off by choosing, in this case, the elliptical marquee tool and then I'll simply click and drag image in order to define that selection. And while I'm working, in other words, while I'm still holding down that mouse button and dragging the selection around.

Transforming a selection

Sometimes, at first glance, you might think a selection is going to be very easy to create. And then you run into a little bit of difficulty. And I think this image represents a pretty good example. When I initially saw this image and decided I might like to extract the logo in the center here, I thought, oh, well I'll just use the eliptical marquee tool since the shape Is an ellipse and that didn't work out so well. But, let's take a look at how we can fine tune a selection when we run into this type of situation. I'll start off by choosing, in this case, the elliptical marquee tool and then I'll simply click and drag image in order to define that selection. And while I'm working, in other words, while I'm still holding down that mouse button and dragging the selection around.

I can press and hold the spacebar in order to move the selection, and then release the spacebar in order to adjust the overall size and shape of the selection. But, of course, you can see that the ellipse is not going to match this logo. The image was captured from a bit above and so the overall shape of that logo is distorted slightly. And so I'm not able to get the ellipse to match. In theory, I could just adjust the overall dimensions of the bounding box that essentially defines the selection. In other words the rectangle that would fit around the ellipse. But in this case I'm going to need a little bit more than that. But let's get started by modifying the selection by transforming it. I'll choose Select > Transform Selection, from the menu. And now you'll see that I have a bounding box visible. In fact I can drag the edges of that bounding box in order to change the overall size and shape of my selection.

In some cases this might be all you need in order to get the selection to perfectly match the area you're trying to select. But here you'll notice that that's still not providing me with everything I need. Instead, I need to warp this selection. And warping is an option available for the transformation on the Options bar. I can simply click the Warp button in order to switch into Warp mode for my transformation. And now I have an additional set of controls, I have additional anchor points that I can click and drag around in order to change the shape of the selection with a bit more flexibility. But I usually ignore all of those additional controls and instead focus directly on the selection, because frankly I just find that to be much easier approach.

So, I'll point my mouse at the selection itself and then click and hold and then drag the selection as needed. Now, the only problem here is that only the bounding box moves, the selection itself is not moving. So it can be a little bit difficult to figure out exactly where you need to drag to, except I know exactly where I want that selection edge to be. So since I clicked directly on the selection edge, all I need to do is position my mouse pointer so that it is right on the edge that I actually want to select, and in this way I can continue to transform the selection.

Warping it so that it matches the area that I actually intended to select. So, I'll continue all the way around this logo just clicking and dragging as needed on the selection itself in order to re-position that selection and in the process it will be warped to match the overall shape. So, with a little bit of effort here, finding just the right points to click on and dragging the selection inward or outward as needed, I'll be able to get that selection to match up with the edge of the logo.

It can take a little bit of work, and you may need to zoom in and check your work carefully before you finalize the effect. But once you have that selection transformed and warped so that it perfectly matches the area that you actually want to select, then you can commit the changes. For that transformation. So I'll fine tune this last edge just a little bit. And I think right about there gives me a good selection. I've warped so that the selection matches the edge of the logo. So now I'll click the check mark button on the options bar in order to commit that change.

And you can see I've warped that selection so that it matches that warped shape of what I thought was a very simple elliptical logo.

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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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