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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Making Selections Using a Brush

A lot of people are more comfortable using brushes than using Marquee tools. If you’re one of those people (you know who you are), then you’re in luck—you can make your selections by painting over the areas you want selected. Even if this sounds weird, it’s worth a try—you might really like it (it’s the same way with sushi). A major advantage of painting your selections is that you can choose a soft-edged brush (if you like) to automatically give you feathered edges. Here’s how it works:

Step One:

Choose the Selection Brush tool from the Toolbox (press the A key until you have it). Before you start, you’ll want to choose your brush size by clicking on the brush thumbnail in the Options Bar to open the Brush Picker. ...

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