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Part 4. Advanced Photo Fixing > Selecting Part of an Image

Selecting Part of an Image

When you're painting the trim in your house, you use tape to mask off the parts of the wall where you don't want to get paint. That's what selections are all about in Photoshop Elements—with part of the image selected, any changes you make are applied to just that area, leaving the rest of the image untouched.

With a picture in the active image area, click the Rectangular Marquee tool.

Click and drag to select a rectangular portion of the image.

Shift-click and drag to add to the selection marquee.

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Circles and Squares

When drawing selections using one of the Marquee tools—the Rctangular Marquee or the Elliptical Marquee—you can create squares or circles, respectively, by pressing Shift as you drag out the selection.


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Shift This, Shift That

When you want to add to an existing selection, be sure to press Shift before you click in the image again. If you click outside the selection without Shift or Alt held down, the selection will disappear.


Alt-click and drag to remove part of the selection marquee.

Click the Lasso tool.

Click and drag around any part of the image to select an irregular area.


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