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Chapter 4. Making Selections > Modifying Selection Borders

Modifying Selection Borders

You can make subtle—or significant—changes to a selection border with four options found on the Select > Modify menu (Figure 4.58). The Border command lets you change the width of the selection border. The Smooth command smoothes out a jagged or irregular selection edge. To make a slight increase in the size of a selection, use the Expand command. To reduce the selection area, use the Contract command.

Figure 4.58. Choose Select > Modify to use the Border, Smooth, Expand, and Contract tools.


To change the width of the border:

1.
Make a selection in your image with any of the selection tools.

2.
From the File menu, choose Select > Modify > Border.

3.
Enter a value for the border width.

The selection border changes based on the number you enter (Figure 4.59).

Figure 4.59. The Border command lets you control the width of a selection border. Normally, the border width is set to 1 pixel.


To smooth the edge of the border:

1.
From the File menu, choose Select > Modify > Smooth.

2.
Enter a value for the radius of the border.

The radius value can range from 1 to 100 and defines how far away from the current edge the new outline can move to create a smooth edge. Lower numbers, from 2 to 5 or so, typically give good results.

To expand or contract the selection area:

1.
From the File menu, choose Select > Modify; then choose Expand or Contract.

2.
Enter a value for the number of pixels by which you want to change the area.

The selection border will expand or contract based on the pixel value you enter (Figure 4.60).

Figure 4.60. You can expand or contract the size of a selection border from the Modify menu.


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