Learn about using the Selection tools to cut out the figure.
- [Instructor] In this tutorial, we're going to make a jazz poster featuring the singer, Zeeteah Massiah. I'll go into my Cloud import, into my Affinity folder, and choose Zeeteah. And here she is. Now previously, we've been working with the painting tools. To use the selection tools, we need to switch to the selection persona. We can do that by tapping on the selection persona icon, here at the top.
And the tool set changes to show the full range of selection tools. If you want to know what they all do, then tap the question mark icon, in the bottom right, and you can see the tool tips popping up. We've got the view tool, smart selection brush tool, and so on. And we'll go on to look at what these all do. The easiest tool to use is the polygon selection tool, which you might know better as the lasso tool. You use this to simply draw around the edge of the object that you want to select.
In this case, it's going to give us a very inaccurate selection, and it's no good here. So let's use the command button, and deselect. The marquee tool draws from corner to corner. If you hold a second finger down, it constrains that to a perfect square. Tap on that, and we can also choose the elliptical marquee tool, which draws an ellipse, or again, if you hold a second finger down, it'll draw a perfect circle.
Let's deselect that. We could also use the flood selection tool, the Affinity equivalent of the magic wand. And you just tap in the area you want to select. In this case, it's clearly inappropriate for this task. Let's deselect. There's a better way of working with this image, and that's to use the smart selection brush. To use this tool, you simply drag it over the area that you want to select.
And it automatically jumps to the edges. Because the mode is set to add, you can keep on dragging to add new areas into your selection. If you drag close to the interface, it ducks out of the way, so that you can see what you're doing. And this is very handy. Let's carry on dragging, to select the microphone, the back of her dress, and her shoulder.
I'm now going to drag to select that missing piece of the ring on her thumb. But if we make a mistake, and add in a part we don't want, such as the blue area between the microphone and her hand, change the mode from add to subtract, and now we can just tap in that area to remove it. Next, we'll go on to see what we can do with the selection that we've made.
This course was created and produced by Steve Caplin. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Adjusting color
- Working with selections
- Adding adjustments and filters
- Inserting text
- Correcting lens distortion
- Retouching skin
- Creating HDR images