Irregular Selections

One way to create irregular selections is by using the lasso tools. The other way, less intuitive but more exciting, is to use filters. Although you cannot define a selection with a filter, you can modify it (Figure 9-5). Try the following:

1. Create a new document.

2. Create a selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool.

3. Choose Select ^ Modify ^ Border and enter a value that looks good for the marquee size.

4. Press Qto enter Quick Mask Mode.

5. Choose Filter^ Distort^ Wave and play with the settings.

6. Exit the Wave dialog box and then press Qto exit Quick Mask mode.

7. Create a new layer and fill the selection with a color.

Figure 9-5: A rectangular selection modified by invoking Quick Mask mode, stacking filter effects in the Filter Gallery dialog box, and then applying a style.

Try other filters on differently shaped selections. Also, try reapplying the filters or stacking filter effects using a combination of filters. You can do that in the Filter Gallery dialog box (Filter ^ Filter Gallery) by clicking the New Effect Layer icon, located at the bottom of the window, and then applying another filter.

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