Repositioning a selection border while creating it

You saw in the previous topic that you can move a selection border after you release the mouse button, but that you cannot change the size or shape of the selection. In this procedure, you'll use the elliptical marquee tool to select the black oval and learn how to adjust the position of the selection border as you create it.

1 Select the zoom tool ( 0, and click the black oval on the right side of the image window as needed to zoom in to at least 100% view (use 200% view if the entire oval will fit in the image window on your screen).

2 Select the elliptical marquee tool ( . ) hidden under the rectangular marquee tool.

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3 Move the pointer over the oval, and drag diagonally across the oval to create a selection, but do not release the mouse button. It's OK if your selection does not match the oval shape yet.

If you accidently release the mouse button, draw the selection again. In most cases— including this one—the new selection replaces the previous one.

4 Still holding down the mouse button, hold down the spacebar on your keyboard and drag the selection. The border moves as you drag.

5 Carefully release the spacebar (but not the mouse button), and continue to drag, trying to make the size and shape of the selection match the oval as closely as possible. If necessary, hold down the spacebar and drag to move the selection marquee into position around the black oval.

6 When the selection border is positioned and sized correctly, release the mouse button.

You won't be using this selection because you've just been practicing so far. However, you can either leave the oval selected for now or choose Select > Deselect to deselect it.

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