To use the marquee tools:

1 Select a marquee tool:

• Rectangle marquee , to make a rectangular selection.

• (ImageReady) Rounded rectangle marquee to select a rounded rectangle such as a Web-page button.

• Elliptical marquee . to make an elliptical selection.

• Single row - or single column u marquee to define the border as a 1-pixel-wide row or column.

2 In the options bar, specify whether to add a new selection c, add to a selection -j, subtract from a selection o,or select an area intersected by other selections □ .

3 Specify a feathering setting in the options bar. Turn anti-aliasing on or off for the rounded rectangle or elliptical marquee. (See "Softening the edges of a selection" on page 166.)

4 For the rectangle, rounded rectangle, or elliptical marquee, choose a style in the options bar:

• Normal to determine marquee proportions by dragging.

• Fixed Aspect Ratio to set a height-to-width ratio. Enter values (decimal values are valid) for the aspect ratio. For example, to draw a marquee twice as wide as it is high, enter 2 for the width and 1 for the height.

• Fixed Size to specify set values for the marquee's height and width. Enter pixel values in whole numbers. Keep in mind that the number of pixels needed to create a 1-inch selection depends on the resolution of the image. (See "About image size and resolution" on page 62.)

5 For aligning your selection to guides, a grid, slices, or document bounds, do one of the following to snap your selection:

• (Photoshop) Choose View > Snap, or choose View > Snap To and choose a command from the submenu. The marquee selection can snap to a document bound and more than one Photoshop Extra. This is controlled in the Snap To submenu. (See "Using the Snap command" on page 172.)

• (ImageReady) Choose View > Snap To > Guides.

6 Do one of the following to make a selection:

• With the rectangle, rounded rectangle, or elliptical marquee, drag over the area you want to select. Hold down Shift as you drag to constrain the marquee to a square or circle. To drag a marquee from its center, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) after you begin dragging.

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