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Chapter 2. Selecting Objects and Backgro... > Using Photoshop’s Selection Tools

Using Photoshop’s Selection Tools

Mastering selections should be an early and important part of your image manipulation training. It’s like the ability to fall without getting hurt when learning judo, or the techniques involved in slamming on the brakes and yelling at the driver who cut you off when learning to operate a car. Selections are as fundamental as time itself: Without time, everything would happen at once; without selections, filters, cut-and-paste operations, and errant paint strokes would be applied everywhere in your image at once.

Photoshop offers a ton of different tools for making selections, each with its own subtle differences. Think of your selection tools as an axe, saw, chisel, or router for images. All of them will grab a hunk of your image, but some of them are precision tools, whereas others are better suited for slightly rougher work.


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