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TYPES OF SELECTIONS

Making a good selection—whether it's selecting a geometric street sign or a finely detailed dandelion seedpod—doesn't begin with the mouse. Rather, a good selection involves first assessing the image and the subject and then, based on that assessment, deciding on the best selection tool(s) or technique(s) to use. Once you've selected the subject, the fun begins. You can change its color, replace it completely, or add it to another image to create fantastic images that are uniquely yours.

In the following section, I introduce the five primary types of selections and explain which tools and techniques to use, as listed in table 2.1. The five primary types of selections are based on shape and form, tone and color, edges and detail, translucency and light, and opposites and differences. To make life interesting, images often combine more than one of these selection types, and you will need to use more than one tool or technique to make the best selection.


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