This week we are going to talk about Making Selections in Photoshop.
Making accurate selections is the key to creating and editing photos effectively so that the end result looks flawless. Photoshop offers a plethora of tools and techniques for creating selections.
Photoshop offers 3 basic methods of creating a selection: using a selection tool or method, using the Pen tool, or creating a mask. We are going to concentrate on using the selection tool today. We will get into the other methods later on in the sessions.
When you use a selection tool to define a selection, a moving dotted line will appear called a selection marquee.
Using the Marquee tool
Using the Rectangle Marquee tool
Here’s how to make a selection with the Marquee tool.
- Select the Rectangle Marquee tool from the Tools Palette.
- Drag from one corner of the area you want to select to the opposite corner.
- Release the mouse button.
In the image above, you can see the Marquee tool around us. I want to take us out to look at us closer. You do the same steps for the Elliptical Marquee tool as well.
I used the Elliptical tool for the bridal party pictures on our Wedding Website. To select the Elliptical tool, just right click on the rectangle one and you get the other options.
Using the Single Column and Single Row Marquee Tools
Using the Marquee Options
You can see that I softened the edges of my selection (from above) by 10. So now there is a small grey square around us. We will get into more detail on feathering in another session.
Another option you could use would be Anti-Alias. This is used to soften the edges of an elliptical selection so that the hard jagged edges aren’t so prominent. I would keep this option selected since it also helps in creating natural looking blends between multiple selections.