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Chapter 5. Harnessing the Power of Selections > Basic Selections 101 with Lab

Basic Selections 101 with Lab

As I just said, Photoshop has a large number of different tools whose only purpose is to define the part of the image upon which we want to work. The area that is defined is called a selection, and all the tools that you use to make the selections are known as selection tools. If you are new to Photoshop, don't let the large number of selection tools with their strange-sounding names overwhelm you. We are going to learn this one step at a time, beginning with a look at what a selection actually is.

The concept of selection is something we work with all the time—perhaps without knowing it. If you have ever used a stencil, you have used a selection. The stencil enables you to apply paint to one part of the material while it protects the rest. Another example of a selection that is closer to home (literally) is using masking tape to mask off the parts of a room where you don't want to paint (which for me would be the whole room). Selections in Photoshop act just like a stencil or masking tape when it comes to applying an effect to a selected part of an image. Now that you understand the concept, let's look at the most basic of the selection tools—the Marquee tools.


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