1. Selection and selection tools – Photoshop

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Learning how to select an area of an image is of primary importance to a designer.

Geometric selections

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The rectangular marquee selects a rectangular area in an image.  It is most probably one of easiest selection tools to use.  It is designed for making selections based on simple geometric shapes.

The Elliptical Marquee tool is directly underneath the Rectangular Marquee tool, selects elliptical areas.

Freehand selections

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Drag the Lasso tool around an area to trace a freehand selection.  Using the Polygonal Lasso tool requires to lay down and set anchor points in straight line segments around the area that you require to be selected.

Edge-based selections

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The Quick selection tool allows on to quickly “paint” a selection by automatically finding and following defined edges in the image.

Colour-based selections

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The Magic Wand tool selects part of an image based on the similarity in colour of the adjacent pixels.  It is useful for selecting odd-shaped areas that share a specific range of colours.

The trick to selecting the correct tool for a specific area often depends on its characteristic or shape.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment

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