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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Automatically collapsing a selection

This week, Deke gives us a quick, practical tip on how to move, transform, and recolor items effectively—even if all you have to work with is a flat image. Imagine that you were presented with the graphic below, completely flattened, and thus any impulse you had to rearrange or change the colors of the elements inside the image was thouroughly thwarted. Well, some simple tricks from Deke show you how to use a combination of the standard Marquee tool and (believe it or not) the much maligned Magic Wand to regain your designer’s power.

First off, Deke will show you how to simply move the words ‘for Design’ to a more interesting location, without threatening the descenders in the word ‘Photoshop’. Next, he’ll demonstrate a similar technique with the addition of the New > Layer via Cut command, the Transform command, and the Eyedropper tool, in order to not only move, but also resize and change the color of the brushstroke flourish at the bottom. The result is this simple but effective transformation:

Yes, sometimes Deke tries to encourage your wilder notions and sometimes he just knows you have to get everyday important work done. Either way, there’s a technique that’s free to all every week. And for lynda.com members this week, an exlcusive members-only video in the Online Training Library® will give you a little creative bump by showing you how to add a magnifying glass that actually magnifies. Here’s a preview:

And remember to check back next week for another new free technique from Deke.

• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection • courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® • courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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