Chapter 2. Selection Primer

Selection Primer

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.

 --François-Auguste Rodin, when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues

Whatever you do, don’t skip this chapter, because the selection tools are central to your success in Photoshop. They allow you to isolate areas of your image and define precisely where a filter, painting tool, or adjustment will change the image. And, since selections can be saved and reused later, they allow you to easily go back and make alterations and changes at any time. After you’ve mastered the basics, try the more advanced selections in the bonus chapter, “Channels ...

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