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GEOMETRIC SHAPE SELECTIONS

The Marquee, Polygon Lasso, and Pen tools are the best tools for selecting geometric shapes. The following section discusses the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee and Polygon Lasso tools. The Pen tool is such a precise and important selection tool that I've dedicated an entire chapter to it (see Chapter 4).

The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee selection tools have been in the Photoshop toolbar since version 1.0 and are ideal tools to use when selecting geometrically shaped objects such as planets, balls, and individual signs, as shown in figure 2.10. When I use either the Rectangular or Elliptical Marquee tool, I start by clicking the upper-left corner and pressing the mouse button while dragging diagonally down and over to the bottom-right corner, as illustrated in figure 2.11. Starting in the same corner every time gives me a sense of orientation, allowing me to concentrate on the selection task at hand.


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