About selections

Since there are two different types of data in your image—bitmap and vector—you need to use separate sets of tools to make selections of each type. You can use selection borders to select pixels. When you select pixels, you are selecting resolution dependent information in the image. For more information about bitmap images and vector graphics, see "About bitmap images and vector graphics" on page 61.

You can also create selections using the pen or shape tools, which produce precise outlines called paths. A path is a vector shape that contains no pixels. (See "Moving, copying, and pasting selections and layers" on page 167.) You can convert paths to selections or convert selections to paths. (See "Converting between paths and selection borders (Photoshop)" on page 218.)

In Photoshop, you can use the Extract command to isolate an object from its background and erase the background to transparency. You can also make sophisticated selections using masks. (See "Saving a mask selection" on page 281.)

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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