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Learn how to use the marquee tool in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.
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So as I mentioned before, we can grab the Rectangular Marquee tool, and again if you want to follow along, and it's not what you have, you can hold down the left mouse button or simply right-click here in the second slot down in the tools palette, and select the Rectangular Marquee tool.
We'll be talking about the Elliptical Marquee tool in just a second. So again, if I want to make a selection area of the size of the box, I can click and drag, and as long as I am still holding the mouse button, I can resize that box to whatever shape that I want. It's pretty convenient.
Now again I am going to hit Ctrl+D to deselect that, and let's go over underneath the Rectangular Marquee tool to the Elliptical Marquee tool, and actually for this, I am going to zoom out. I am going to go to this blank area of asphalt here, so it's a little bit easier to see what I am doing.
Or I can click and drag, instead of a rectangular shape, I have an elliptical shape. So basically a circle or other forms of ovals here, and we can adjust and tweak that. Now it's very important that you don't let go off of your mouse until you're happy with the selection, because once you let go off of your mouse, it will accept the selection that you have made.
This is very simple right now, but as we start adding keyboard shortcuts which we will a few segments down the road here, we'll start to see that this gets very complicated. So again, once you're happy with the selection, let go off of the mouse first, and that will accept your selection and you will be happy.
Now to select just basic circles and squares isn't super exciting. For example we're going to select this background of the sky. Well, we couldn't do that very easily with just circles and squares. So primarily what I use circles and squares for, is just filling with color. For example, if I want to fill this with white, I could use the keyboard shortcut, Alt+Backspace or Alt +Delete on the main area of the keyboard on the Mac, and that will fill that with white.
So you can go through and add some bubbles and little -- or maybe I'll make this black and make it a pothole that somebody is going to fall into or something, I don't know. But I could do that using that keyboard shortcut, and it fills in the shape, because I use the Marquee tools to do that.
Now I am just going to Undo that by hitting Ctrl+Z or Command+Z, and actually, I deselect it. So I am going to have to go back a little bit further by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Z and then I could deselect that, Ctrl+D to deselect.
Now I realized that these two tools seem simple, and they are very simple, but at the same time, in a few segments down the road here, we are going to add a lot of sweet extras to these little helpers. But again, that's coming up a just little bit.
For now let's talk about ways that we can have a little bit more control of our selections by doing stuff more than just circles and squares. We're going to talk about the Lasso tools.