Marquee and Lasso Tools

The time-honored way of selecting an area is the one you've probably tried in the low-end paint programs that come with many computers: drawing a selection marquee. Photoshop has four marquee tools (Figure 9.1) and three lasso tools (Figure 9.2). To help you pick out the right one, I summarize them in Table 9.1.

Figure 9.1. Hold the mouse button on a marquee tool in the Tools palette to choose from all marquee tools.

Figure 9.2. Hold the mouse button on a lasso tool in the Tools palette to choose from all lasso tools.

Table 9.1. Manual Selection Tools

To select…

…do this

A rectangular area

Drag the Rectangular Marquee tool

An elliptical area

Drag the Elliptical Marquee tool

An area that's only one pixel tall or wide

Drag the Single Row Marquee tool or Single Column Marquee tool

A freeform area

Drag the Lasso tool

A freeform area of straight lines

Drag the Polygonal Lasso tool

The single column and single row marquee tools can be useful for drawing borders and retouching scratches and other very thin defects in scanned photos.

Modifying Selections

When you use the rectangular marquee and elliptical marquee tools, some of the standard modifier keys I talked about earlier in the book can help you adapt the tools on the fly:

  • To constrain the rectangular marquee tool to a square and the elliptical marquee tool to a circle, add the Shift key.

  • To draw a selection area from the center, add the Option/Alt key.

  • To reposition a selection area as you draw it, add the spacebar.

After you create a selection, you can adjust its size, position, and angle by choosing Select > Transform Selection.

By combining the modifier keys and the Transform Selection command, you can quickly fit a selection to an area (Figure 9.3).

Figure 9.3. The easiest way to draw a selection to match the hubcap is to Option+drag/Alt+drag from the center (left). The selection needs to be rotated to match the photo, and that's easily done using the Transform Selection command and dragging outside the transform box (right).

You can store a selection in a document by choosing Select > Save Selection. When you want to activate the selection, choose Select > Load Selection or Command/Ctrl+click the channel in the Channels palette.

Working Smart in Adobe Photoshop CS2
Working Smart in Adobe Photoshop CS2
ISBN: 0321335392
EAN: 2147483647
Year: N/A
Pages: 161
Authors: Conrad Chavez © 2008-2017.
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