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Chapter 5. Compositing in Photoshop CS >  Selection Refresher Course

Selection Refresher Course

In order to facilitate making changes or to copy only part of an image, Photoshop allows you to make selections. A selection is the part of the image inside the crawling selection border (called marching ants and various other names) when you define an area with one of the selection tools. Once you’ve created a selection, you can do the following things with the selected area: Copy the area to the Clipboard and paste it down in a new layer of its own, surrounded by transparency.

  • Paint or fill selected areas with color or pattern using all the painting tools in any of the available modes.

  • Fill selections with the contents of other selected areas (for example, pasting one image into another).

  • Mask selected areas to prevent them from being changed.

  • Apply a filter to a selected area.

  • Edit a selection: scale its size, skew or distort its shape, change its perspective, flip it horizontally or vertically, rotate it, add to or subtract from it, and combine it with another selection.

  • Save selections in channels or layers for later use.

  • Convert selections to vector-oriented paths that you can manipulate using the Pen tool.


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