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Lesson 10. Creating Special Effects > Saving and loading a selection

Saving and loading a selection

You'll start by making a selection of a set of pears and then saving it. That way you can reuse the selection by reloading it as needed. ImageReady includes the basic marquee selection tools, the lasso and polygon lasso tools, and the magic wand tool familiar to users of Photoshop.

1.
Select the zoom tool ( ), and drag over the set of pears in the upper left corner to magnify your view.

2.
Position the pointer on the lasso tool ( ), and hold down the mouse button to open the hidden tools list. Select the magnetic lasso tool ( ).

Note

ImageReady does not include the magnetic lasso tool.

3.
To draw a freehand segment, drag the pointer along the edge you want to trace. Notice that the pointer doesn't have to be exactly on the edge for the segment to snap to it.

As you move the pointer, the active segment snaps to the strongest edge in the image. Periodically, the magnetic lasso tool adds fastening points to the selection border to anchor previous sections. As you move the pointer over the starting point, a hollow circle appears next to the pointer, indicating that you are about to close the segment.


Dragging with magnetic lasso pointer



Result


4.
When a circle appears next to the magnetic lasso pointer, release the mouse button to close the segment.

Note

For best results when tracing the pear stem with the magnetic lasso tool, zoom in on your work and decrease the tool's lasso width and frequency values. For example, try tracing the pear using a Lasso Width of 1 or 2 pixels and a Frequency of 40.

5.
Save the selection of the right pear by choosing Select > Save Selection. Enter Alpha 1 in the Name text box, and click OK to save the selection in a new channel. You'll use the selection again for another set of pears. (To learn more about using channels in Photoshop, see Lesson 5, "Masks and Channels." )

6.
Choose Select > Deselect to deselect the right pear.

7.
Now select the left pear using the magnetic lasso tool.

8.
Choose Select > Save Selection, enter Alpha 2 in the Name text box, and click OK to save the selection of the right pear in a new channel.

9.
Choose Select > Deselect to deselect the pear. You'll use this selection again for other sets of pears.

You'll begin this lesson by hand-coloring a set of the pears. You'll begin with the right pear, so you'll need to load the selection you created.

10.
Choose Select > Load Selection, and select Alpha 1. Click OK. A selection border appears around the right pear in your image.

Note

You can load a channel in ImageReady using the Select > Load Selection command.


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