Making Selections

What is a “Selection?”

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When working with images in Photoshop, we will often have to select only parts of an image. This allows us to make a change that only affects a particular area, and not the entire image.

• We can achieve this by using the’Selection Tools’, which are found at the top of the toolbar.

“Marquee Tools”

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• The first grouping of ‘Selection Tools’ are the ‘Marquee Tools’, which allow us to select pixels in the shape of a rectangle or ellipse.

• Once active, to use the ‘Rectangular’ or ‘Elliptical Marquee Tool’ simply click, hold and drag on the image.

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• This will ‘Select’ all of the pixels within that area, which will now be ready for editing.

• A ‘Selection’ is indicated by a moving dashed line (known as the “Marching Ants”). The ants are there to signal that we have an active selection.

• Once we have an initial ‘Selection’, we can choose to add to or subtract from the selected area by using the buttons available on the top of the screen on the “Options Bar”.

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