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Photoshop® CS3 Bible by Robert C. Fuller, Laurie Ulrich Fuller

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Chapter 8. Selections and Paths

Selections, and your ability to make and edit them successfully, are key to your efficient and effective use of Photoshop. Why? Because a selection tells Photoshop what portion of your image or layer you want to address — that is, where it is you intend to make a deletion, change, or addition. It's like selecting text in a word processing document — dragging through some of the text tells that word processor which text you want bolded, indented, whatever. If you can't tell Photoshop which part of the image you're about to deal with, it assumes your next move should affect the entire active layer, and unless that's your goal, your ability to use all the tools that can be applied to a selection is compromised.

With that said, it also should be noted that no other program gives you as much control over the size and shape of selections as Photoshop. You can finesse selection outlines with unparalleled ...

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