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Chapter 2. Selection Primer > Rectangular Marquee Tool

Rectangular Marquee Tool

The Rectangular Marquee tool is the first choice listed in the Marquee pop-up menu in the Tool palette. It can select only rectangular shapes. With it, you create a rectangle by clicking and dragging across your document. The first click creates one corner, and the point at which you release the mouse button denotes the opposite corner (Figure 2.9). To start in the center and drag to an outer edge, instead of going corner to corner, press Option (Macintosh) or Alt (Windows) after you have started to drag (Figure 2.10). If you want to create a square, just hold down the Shift key after you start to drag. You can even combine the Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) and Shift keys to create a square selection by dragging from the center to an outer edge.

Figure 2.9. A corner-to-corner selection. (©2005 Stockbyte, www.stockbyte.com)



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