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Q1:Help! There are too many selection tools. Which one should I use?
A1: The one that makes the job the easiest. Think for a minute. What are you selecting? Does it have a clear outline? Is it differently colored from its background? Will it be easier to trace around it or select it by color? Do you need it exact, or will a rectangular marquee be close enough? Practice with all the selection tools. There’s one that’s right for the situation. Don’t forget about selecting the inverse of what you want. That’s often the easiest way to get there.
Q2:I’m trying to paste a hunk of grass on a new layer over a picture of the backyard to hide bad spots. Is there an easy way to make it blend in?
A2: Try feathering the selection by about 5 pixels (more if necessary).
Q3:I have trouble remembering what’s on each layer, and the icons aren’t big enough to see. What can I do?
A3: Two things. You can rename your layers with something more descriptive. The easiest way is to click the layer name on the Layers palette, and then type in a new one and press Enter. Also, you can enlarge the icons by choosing Palette Options from the menu. Choose the largest of the three icons for better visibility.

While you’re there, press the Option/Alt key and choose Palette Options again. The funny little guy is Merlin, one of many “Easter eggs” or hidden goodies the Adobe programmers dropped in for us to discover and enjoy.



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