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Lesson 2. Working with Selections > Transforming a selection

Transforming a selection

Next you'll use the Free Transform command to rotate and scale the melon's left ear, and then you'll duplicate and flip a copy to create a right ear.

1.
Choose Edit > Free Transform.

A bounding box appears around the ear selection.

2.
To rotate the ear, position the pointer outside a corner handle until you see a curved double-headed arrow (), and then drag in the direction you want the ear to rotate. Notice that the ear rotates around the selection's center point ().

3.
To scale the ear, position the pointer directly on one of the corner handles, and drag to reduce the size of the ear. To scale the ear proportionately, hold down Shift as you drag.

4.
To reposition the ear, place your pointer within the bounding box, but not on the center point, and drag. (If you place the pointer on the center point and drag, you will move the center point.)

Note

For information on working with the center point in a transformation, see "Transforming objects in two dimensions" in Adobe Photoshop 6.0 online Help.


Dragging outside border to rotate ear



Dragging on corner to scale ear



Dragging within border to reposition ear


Tip

If you don't like the results of a Free Transform, press the Escape key and start over.

5.
When you have the ear positioned correctly, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to apply the transformation. The ear remains selected.

Now you'll move a copy of the ear to the right side of the face, flip the ear horizontally, and fine-tune its placement.

6.
Position the pointer within the ear selection, hold down Shift+Alt (Windows) or Shift+Option (Mac OS), and drag a copy of the ear to the right side of the face.

7.
With the duplicate ear still selected, choose Edit > Free Transform or Edit > Transform > Rotate.

A bounding box appears around the duplicate ear.

8.
Choose Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

9.
If needed, place the pointer within the selection, and drag to reposition it next to the melon face.

10.
If needed, choose Edit > Free Transform, rotate the ear to fit the right side of the face.

11.
Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to complete the transformation.

12.
Choose File > Save.


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