Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use selections?, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 2 Editing & Retouching Photos.
The purpose of making a selection is to isolate part of a layer, so that your…edits affect just that portion of the content on the selected layer.…There are lot's of ways to select, which we'll explore in this chapter, but first…I want to make sure you understand what selections are for, so I would like to…show you a few examples.…I'm going to click on one of the simpler selection tools, the Rectangular Marquee…tool here in the toolbar;…you can use this tool to make a selection in the shape of a rectangle or square.…I'm going to select this area in the front of the mailbox by clicking on the…top left corner of that area and dragging down diagonally toward the bottom right corner.…
I'm not going to even try to make a perfect selection here, I just want you to…get the general sense of what selections do.…So I will release my mouse and now you can see the animated dash is called…marching ants that define the boundary of a selection.…Whatever edits I make now will affect only the area inside the selection on…
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Skill Level Beginner
1. Expert Edit Basics
2. Working with Layers
3. Using Selections and Masks
4. Correcting Photos
5. Using Photomerge
7. Processing in Camera Raw
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