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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Selection Tools

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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14. Selection Tools


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2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
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30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
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36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
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40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

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Selection Tools

So now let's see if we can make some selections in this image. I'm gonna start off with Simple selection to Wilson will progress into more complicated and advanced ones, and I'll start with the second tool that's found in our tool pound. And that is the marquee tool. The marquee tool is there to select rectangular in oval shaped objects, so it should work. Okay, here, let's say I wanted to only work on the door itself. What I could do with this tool is move my mouse to the lower left corner of the door, then click and hold down in drag to the upper right corner of the door. Let go. And now it's selected. And now, if I were to make a change like I wanted a black of my door, or let's just say I want a different colored door, I can come in here in. In this case, I chose an adjustment called hue saturation, so that's image adjustments, hue, saturation. There I could change the color of something, so I wanted a blue door and I got it. If I click outside the selection with the marquee tool, ...

so I'm not within it it will get rid of the selection this equivalent to choosing de select. And so that's a common convention. If you have a selection and you click outside of it, it usually means de select. Now I'd like to select the round portion of the door, and so I'm gonna go to my tool panel. I'm gonna click and hold down on that icon for the tool, and you'll find there's more than one tool in that slot. Here I can go the elliptical marquee tool in. Therefore, I can select round oval objects, but that tool works a little bit differently than you might expect. Watch what happens when I click right here. And I began dragging when I started to drag. You'll find that the selection isn't anywhere near where I initially clicked. I initially click near the upper left of my screen, and now the selection extends very far away from that, and it doesn't begin anywhere near where I collect. That's because there's something you need to know about selecting circles and ovals, and that IHS photo shop is thinking about a rectangle, even though you're not selecting something that's rectangular. So let's say I want to get the brown portion of the door, the round area. Well, imagine you had that, and you put it in a rectangular box, the smallest rectangular box that could contain that particular shape. If that was the case and it was the brown area that I'm thinking about, the upper left corner of that box would be approximately all right over here if you can see where my mouse is. And if that's the case, that's where I need to click with this tool. I click. And then I dragged towards the lower right and again I think about a rectangle I think about. If I took the brown circular area and put it in the smallest rectangular box I could get where with lower right corner of that box be? Wouldn't it be right about here? Well, that's exactly where I need to end up. So now I was able to select that round area, but it's not perfectly precise at the moment. If you look at the lower right area, I'm a little bit off. And so there's a tricky can use is long as he have not released the mouse button yet. If your mouse is still being held down. So you really still making this? Then you can press the space bar, so I have the mouse held down and the space bar. And if you have the space bar down, then when you drag, you move instead of changing the size of this. So now I could get the top edge tow line up just right, and then the left edge. It's kind of hard to tell where the left and should be, because it's kind of black ish in there. But then I can let go of the space bar, and then when I'm dragging, I'm no longer moving the overall position. I'm then changing its size so I can get that selected. I find a lot of people have troubles with what I just described because you'll end up letting go on the mouse button when you didn't mean to in, so I'll give you an alternative. If you need to select a round or oval object, you can start with this tool and simply make a selection that is larger than what you need. So that's a lot larger than what I need. Then go this select menu and you're going to find a choice called transform selection. It will only be there when a selection is active on your screen. But if I choose transformed selection now, I can grab the corner here in the upper left and bring it down. Get it to be looking at the left edge of the brown area. Get it to be exactly where I needed to be. If I want to reposition it, instead of grabbing the corners or the edges, click in the middle and you could just reposition it as a whole. And then I'm gonna grab the lower right, pull it in until it's the right size. The only problem with that is it's going to constrain the proportions. So if I attempt to drag the bottom edge up and I wanted to Onley effect the height, I don't want it to affect the width, you'll see that it is affecting the width. In order to prevent it from doing that, you need to hold down the shift key when you drag. If you hold shift, it means do not constrain the proportions. Do not keep the width and height to be, um, the same ratio anyway. Now I could get it to line up and I press return or enter when I'm done, and now I have that

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
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  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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