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Chapter 5. SELECT

Chapter 5. SELECT



WHEN A SELECTION is active on an image, only that area is editable— the rest of the image is protected. A selection border has a moving marquee. This chapter covers the creation of selections using the Rectangular Marquee, Elliptical Marquee, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magic Wand, and Magnetic Lasso tools, as well as the Color Range and Extract commands. You will also learn how to create selections of various shapes; how to select by color; how to deselect, reselect, inverse, or delete a selection; how to move or hide a selection marquee; how to transform, add to, or subtract from a selection; and how to create a vignette.

A selection contains pixels from whichever layer is currently active. If the Move tool is used to move a selection on the Background of an image, the current Background color will be applied automatically to the exposed area. If a selection is moved on a layer using the Move tool, on the other hand, the exposed area will become transparent. (Read more about layers in Chapter 7.)

Tip

A selection can be converted into a path for precise reshaping, and then converted back into a selection (see pages 260 and 270). Quick Masks, which function like selections, but can be painted on an image, are covered in Chapter 15.



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