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Elliptical Marquee: Corners

Ben Willmore

Quick Selection Tips

Ben Willmore

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Lesson Info

1. Elliptical Marquee: Corners

Lesson Info

Elliptical Marquee: Corners

I'm going to give you just a wide variety of tips related to making selections, and we're going to start off with more basic tips because I don't know where you guys were starting and what I hope is, even when I'm in some basic tips that those means that have used motor shop for a long time, we'll still learn little bitty things in there that you may have missed, then we'll progress into things that are more and more advanced and more more interesting to some. And so I hope that at some point I will get it where during the basic tips, advanced people even learned little things, and I hope when I get to the advanced stuff that basic people can still learn a little bit, but some of it will be over your head, and if you could just play it back a few times and practice, you'll be able to use everything I show you, so selections is just how we're going to be isolating areas when I'm done making a selection in this case, I'm not going to really do much to the images, but now it once I haven'...

t area selected, I could adjust that area, I could apply filter to it, I could copy it and put it in another document there's all sorts of things well. I do, but in this class we're just learning how can I isolate an area with a selection? So I'm going to just start by opening a random image here and what we're going to do is start with some of the basic selection tools because there are some interesting tips we can have with them, so we'll start off using the marquis tool in the marquee tool is one of the simplest selection tools all you do is click and drag to make a selection. Most people have used that before and you're like you, but they can I learn about that? Well, one thing that is useful when you're using the marquis tool is if you've clicked and you're starting to drag but you have not released your mouse button yet you still have the mouse held down you compress the space bar and if you press the space bar, you can reposition the selection you're creating and then let go of the space bar and it is if you just started it in a different location now that's more than useful when you're using the type of marquee tool that doesn't make rectangles instead it makes ovals ellipses circles that stuff because those are more difficult to select so let's switch over here, I'll click and hold down on my marquee tool and I'll get the elliptical version and I want to select this central portion in this picture and if you think about the way this tool works a little unusual in that I'm going to click let's see on this image I'm going to click right on the edge of the circle you know if you can see where my mouth is at the moment but it's near the edge of the circle I'm going to click right there and I'm going to start to drag down into the bright and if I do you'll notice that the selection on creating ends of being nowhere near the place where I originally clicked and that's because when you're creating a circle or on the lips photo shop is actually thinking about a rectangle imagine you took the object you're attempting to select and you contained it within a rectangle and if that's the case you want to click where the upper right corner of that rectangle would be so if I want to select this object imagine it's in like a cardboard box or something where is the corner of the box that holds it well if I just go from the top edge and move over to the left until I'm a lined up with that left edge that would be where the corner of the box would be so that's where I need to click and then I dragged to the opposite corner of a box that would contain that and that should get me pretty darn close to getting this selected just right but if I'm off a little bit, which I most likely will be, this is when the space bar really comes in handy. Just make sure you have not released the mass, but yet still got it held down now hit the space part. I can reposition this all over the place, and what I'm going to do is get the top edge tow line up with the top edge of the object. Then I'll get the left edge, tow line up and on lee, after I get those two edges lining up, so I let go of the space bar, and now I'm still creating the selection aiken still now define the right side in the bottom, and I should be able to get that tow line up pretty nicely. So it's, a combination of thinking about the elliptical marquis tool is if you're really working with a rectangle as far as where you originally click and where you let go and then using the space bar to help you out.

Class Description

Learn how to take advantage of Photoshop’s powerful Selection tools and take your image editing skills to the next level.

Join Ben Willmore and explore everything you need to know to quickly select complex objects and refine selections in seconds. You’ll learn how to remove complex backgrounds (like trees and other naturescapes), precisely select smoke, and work with translucent objects. You’ll leave this course ready to make much more effective selections.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



I love learning from Ben Willmore! He has such a friendly, casual style I just love watching him in action. But he never wastes my time, he attacks his topic forcefully, stays focused on his teaching, and I have learned so much watching his videos. Ben is terrific and I strongly recommend this and his other courses on CreativeLive.

Julie Coder

Excellent class! Ben has a very clear presentation style so it's easy to follow along. I appreciate seeing the diverse approaches to selections, and some creative uses as well. Thanks so much!

Bill Reeves

What a great course. I thought I knew PS selection until I took this course. Ben Willmore has a great delivery.