Chapter 7. Working with Selections

We've touched on selections a few times in this book. I don't really like 10 mention something without explaining it. But I don't want to confuse you by trying to explain everything at once. That's son of the nature of Photoshop or any other complicated system. Many different concepts depend on and interact with each other in an almost circular manner

Of all the concepts we've discussed so far, this one seems to be the most familiar to new users. Most people have seen the "marching ants" that define a selection, and they understand that selections are usually created around objects in an image.

If that doesn't apply to you, fear not. By the end of this chapter, you'll know when to use one selection tool rather than another and how to combine selection tools to create complex selections. You'll also know how to modify the edge of a selection with the new Refine Edge command and how to use the new Smart Fillers feature in Photoshop CS3 that everyone is so excited about.

What is a Selection?

In Photoshop, selections provide a system for isolating pixel information in an image so that adjustments are applied only to the selected area. This is very useful when it's necessary to darken something or adjust its color independently ...

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