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Lesson 2. Working with Selections > Selecting with the rectangular marquee tool

Selecting with the rectangular marquee tool

You'll start practicing selection techniques using the rectangular marquee tool.

1.
Choose File > Open, and open the 02Start.psd file, located in the Lessons/Lesson02 folder on your hard drive.

2.
Select the rectangular marquee tool ().

3.
Drag it diagonally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner of the melon to create a rectangular selection.

You can move a selection border after you've drawn it by positioning the pointer within the selection and dragging. Notice that this technique changes the location of the selection border; it does not affect the size or shape of the selection.


Initial selection



Marquee tool placed within selection



Selection border repositioned


4.
Position the pointer anywhere inside the selection surrounding the melon. The pointer becomes an arrow with a small selection icon next to it.

5.
Drag to reposition the border around the melon.

Note

Repositioning techniques for selection borders work with any of the marquee, lasso, and magic wand tools.

If you are still not happy with the selection after repositioning it, you can deselect it and redraw it.

6.
Choose Select > Deselect, or click anywhere in the window outside the selection border to deselect the selection.

7.
Reselect the melon using the rectangular marquee tool.


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