Selecting and deselecting an area of an image

You'll start practicing selection techniques using the rectangular marquee tool.

1 Choose File > Open, and open the 04Start.psd file, located in the Lessons/Lesson04 folder on your hard drive.

2 In the toolbox, select the rectangular marquee tool ( J, if it is not already selected.

3 Drag diagonally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner of the book to create a rectangular selection.

You can move a selection border after you've drawn it.

4 Position the pointer anywhere inside the selection. The pointer becomes an arrow with a small selection icon next to it (h:0, but the pointer will change shape again when you start to drag.

5 Drag from the book to a different area of the image window. Notice that this technique changes the location of the selection border; it does not affect the size or shape of the selection. Also, it does not move any of the pixels—the image itself remains as it was.

Note: Repositioning techniques for selection borders work with any of the marquee, lasso, and magic wand tools.

6 Choose Edit > Deselect. Or, you can deselect by clicking another area in the window, outside the selection border.

To go back one step at any point in the lesson, choose Edit > Undo. In ImageReady, you can set the number of undos in the ImageReady preferences. (The default is 32.)

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