Mastering the art of selections

You might feel that it is difficult when you first start making selections. Making selections is a skill, and like most skills, it takes a lot of practice to become proficient. In addition to practice, make sure that you're comfortable in your work area, that your hands are steady, and that your mouse is working well. A non-optical mouse that is dirty will make selecting an onerous task, so make sure your mouse is well cared for and is functioning correctly.

FIGURE 10

Selection copied into image

Move a complex selection to an existing image

Defringing the layer reduces the amount of background that appears; your results will vary

Complex selection includes only object, no background

FIGURE 10

Selection copied into image

Defringing the layer reduces the amount of background that appears; your results will vary

Complex selection includes only object, no background

TABLE 3: Magnetic Lasso Tool settings

setting

description

Feather

The amount of blur between the selection and the pixels surrounding it. This setting is measured in pixels and can be a value between 0 and 250.

Anti-alias

The smoothness of the selection, achieved by softening the color transition between edge and background pixels.

Width

The interior width by detecting an edge from the pointer. This setting is measured in pixels and can have a value from 1 to 40.

Edge Contrast

The tool's sensitivity. This setting can be a value between 1% and 100%: higher values detect high-contrast edges.

Frequency

The rate at which fastening points are applied. This setting can be a value between 0 and 100: higher values insert more fastening points.

1. Click the Move Tool on the toolbox.

TIP You can also click the Click to open the Tool Preset picker list arrow on the options bar, then double-click the Move Tool.

2. Use the Move Tool pointer ^ to drag the pin cushion selection to the Sewing Box image.

The selection appears on a new layer (Layer 1).

3. Drag the object so that the left edge of the pin cushion snaps to the guide at approximately 600 Y and the top of the pin cushion snaps to the guide at 200 X using the coordinates on the info palette.

4. Use the Layer menu to defringe the new Layer 1 at a width of 1 pixel.

5. Close the PS 3-3.psd image without saving your changes.

6. Rename the new layer Pin Cushion in the Sewing Box image.

7. Save your work, then compare your image to Figure 10.

8. Click Window on the menu bar, then click PS 3-2.psd.

9. Close the PS 3-2.psd image without saving your changes.

You dragged a complex selection into an existing Photoshop image. You positioned the object using ruler guides and renamed a layer. You also defringed a selection to eliminate its white border.

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