Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using selection tools, part of Learning Pixelmator (2014).
We looked at them at a higher level earlier. Let me show you a few more options when it comes to the selection tools. To start, I'll use the rectangular marquee. You'll notice that this is pretty simple to then draw with. If I hold down the Shift key, it constrains the proportions. Once you have a selection, feel free to use the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge it into place. Additionally, if the selection isn't big enough, you could right-click and choose transform selection. Now, you can easily scale that selection larger, and then nudge it back into place with the arrow keys.
If you want to draw from the center of an area, start with nothing selected. Then hold down the Option key, and you'll notice that it draws from the center. This is sometimes easier to make a complex selection. If you want to remove something from a selection, and you already have a selection. Holding down the Option key, will turn the Selection tool to Subtract and you see it removes it. Those modifier keys are really just temporarily choosing between these options up here, which is Make a new selection, Add to the selection, Subtract from the selection, or Create the intersection point.
This last one's a bit unique. For example, if I draw here, you'll see the only area selected when I release, is the point where those two selections crossed. Now, besides these basic tools here for ellipses and rectangles, there are other choices. Remember, Cmd+D will deselect, Option pulls from the center, and holding down the Shift key constrains that. That makes it a bit easier to get it basically right, and then nudge into place with your arrow keys. Right clicking on a selection opens up lots of choices.
Remember, refine selection is a very quick way if you want to expand a selection. You can pull it out or in with the side slider and apply a slight feather for a gentle transition. Besides some of these tools, you'll also notice of course the lasso tools which we explored earlier and the magic wand. Magic wand works very will for quickly selecting areas based on colors, and if there is a lot of similar color that works very easily. You could refine it here by clicking the gear icon, and you see that you have those same choices of other tools.
Similar to the Magic Wand tool is going to be the Paint Selection tool. This makes it simple to paint and select an area based on color. Additionally, once you have a selected area it's pretty simple to crop it. So if I selected the circle, and didn't want anything else, I could right click and choose Crop. And you see it will place the Crop box, which has to be square or rectangular. As close to the selection as possible. Now when I press return, the document is cropped to the closest size based on that selection.
As you start to make selections, remember that the Edit menu contains several choices. You, of course, have simple things like Select all, to choose the entire document, or Deselect. But, one of the more useful options is the Reselect command. So if you have a selection made, and you then you deselect it, and you don't want to go back and do it all over again, Reselect will automatically choose the last selection. Even if you've done several other steps in between. Feel free to explore some of the other options under the Edit menu.
This includes the ability to also switch into things like quick mask mode, which we'll talk about more later, and the ability to use simple word processor like operations like cut, copy and paste to work with the selected content. The last thing that I prefer is the transform command. Remember with a particular selection, you can also right click and choose to transform that selection. That makes it very easy for you to adjust it. You can also do things like rotate a selection. Or take advantage of things like skew and distort, which allow you to freely position it, giving you a bit more flexibility.
For example, now I have a smaller area within that circle selected, and I'll just rotate that hue slightly Making a shape within the shape. Make another selection, right-click, Transform Selection. Right-click again, and I'm going to put a little bit of Distortion in. Press Return. Transform. And another shape, within that shape. This gives you lots of control as you're working, and the ability to make relatively simple selections that then get transformed into completely new shapes, or perspectives.
- Working with files
- Making targeted adjustments with selections
- Cropping and masking
- Designing with layers
- Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
- Retouching an image
- Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
- Outputting specific files and creating graphics for other applications