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The Mask: selection techniques > Selecting Square, Rectangular, or Round Areas

Selecting Square, Rectangular, or Round Areas

Selections are an incredibly important part of working in Elements 3. That’s because without them, everything you do, every filter you run, etc., would affect the entire photo. By being able to “select” a portion of your image, you can apply these effects only to the areas you want, giving you much greater control. Believe it or not, the most basic selections (squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals) are the ones you’ll use the most, so we’ll start with them.

Step One

To make a rectangular selection, choose (big surprise) the Rectangular Marquee tool by pressing the M key. Adobe’s word for selection is “marquee.” (Why? Because calling it a marquee makes it more complicated than calling it what it really is—a selection tool, and giving tools complicated names is what Adobe does for fun.)


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