Using Selections and Masks

TIPS IN THIS CHAPTER

► Use Quick Mask Mode for Quick Paint-by-Number Selections 133

► Feather Selections for Soft Edges 135

► Use the Inverse Command to Select the Opposite 136

► Use Keyboard Commands to Quickly Add to and Delete from

Existing Selections 138

► Use Multipl e Tools Together for Quick Complex Selections 138

► Use the Magic Eraser to Remove Areas of Color with a Single Click 140

► Remove Fringe Areas to Clean Up Selections 140

► Use the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools to

Create Quick Borders 141

► Stroke Selections to Create Quick Borders 142

► Save Selections for Future Use 143 Use the "Snap To" Feature to Assist in Drawing Selections 144

► Copy Selections from One Image/Application to Another 146

► Export Paths to Illustrator 147

► Transform Selections with the Transform Command 147

► Use the Pen Tools to Make Detailed, Easily Changeable Selections 149

► Use the Magnetic Tools to Assist in Drawing Selections 151

► Save Selections as Clipping Paths to Define Transparent

Sections of an Image 153

► Use the Color Range Command to Select Precise Areas of Color 155

► Use the Extract Command to Remove Objects from Complex Backgrounds 156

Selections are an integral part of using Photoshop. Unless you want to perform an action on an entire image or an entire layer, you typically must first select the area of the canvas on which you want to perform an action.

Each selection tool in Photoshop is classified as making one of the following:

Bitmap selections Vector paths

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