Advanced Selection Issues

After selecting a certain area, you may continue to select other areas on the picture combining the use of any of the selection tools. It is possible to combine the use of selections to create unique selections, move selections, move the content of the selections, duplicate selections and more (for example, in order to select a donut/ring shaped area, you must combine the use of two circular selections. You will find more explanation ahead).

Advanced Selection Options

In case after having created the selection, the resulting selection seems "sharp" or "jagged" (at its edges), perform the selection once again using the Smooth (Antialias) option. If you wish to create a gradual transition between the selection area and the rest of the picture (for example, if you want a certain area on a color picture to have grey hues (the Grayscale function) but you want the transition to be gradual and smooth and not "sharp", perform the selection using Feather with a value greater than 0 and only afterwards activate the Grayscale function).

Feathered (Soft/Smooth/Gradual) Selections tutorial

If you do not want to reselect the area, you can perform the Smooth/Antialias/Feather and much more operations on the existing selection via the Selections menu

Advanced Selections Techniques

In order to select complex areas on a picture, you must use the Advanced Selections Techniques of adding and subtracting (leaving out) selections. When there is a selection on the picture and you wish to add to the selection (i.e. select other areas on the picture and/or increase the selection), press the Shift button and perform the selection you wish to add (using any one of the selection tools). In order to subtract (leave out) from a selection, press the Ctrl key and perform the selection you wish to subtract (leave out) using one of the selection tools. Example: to select a donut/ring shaped area you must first select the circumference of the exterior ring (circle selection) and afterwards subtract from it (leave out) the inner circumference (selecting an inner circle which is smaller while pressing the Ctrl key).

Moving/Resizing/Rotating the selected area (the selection lines)

(This option is available only when one of the selection tools is active. Before moving the selection, make sure you have selected one of the selection tools) After you have performed a selection and you wish to move it (move the selected area = selection lines), on the upper selection propeties toolbar click on the Moving Dropdown and select the option Move/Transform Selection Only. Next point on the selected area with the mouse and, pressing the mouse's left button move\transform it to the desired spot/size/angle and etc.

Moving/Resizing/Rotating the Selection's Content

(This option is available when one of the selection tools is active or when the move/transform tool is active. Before moving/transforming the selection's content, make sure you have selected one of the selection tools or that the move/transform tool is active). If one of the selected tools is active, on the upper selection propeties toolbar click on the Moving Dropdown and select the option Move/Transform Selection Content (you do not have to do that if the Move/Transform tool is the active tool). In order to move/transform the selection's content, point on it with the mouse, press on the left button and drag/transform the selection . Dragging the content of the selection will, in effect, drag what is inside the selection lines on the active layer. In order to drag the selection's content from another layer(s), you must first select the layer(s) (selecting it from the Layers list) and afterwards perform the dragging operation. The dragging operation will create a "floating" selection above the layer from which it was created. This way, you will be able to see it in the Layers Window in the Layers list under the caption, Object XXX. In order to change the Float Selection's place in the hierarchy of layers, you must select it from the Layers Window (make it the active layer) and use the Move Top, Bottom, Down and Up buttons in the Layers Window's toolbar. In addition, you may change the opacity of the Float Selection using the Opacity regulator located next to it in the Layers Window.

Finishing Work with a Selection

In order to cancel a selection after having finished working on it, use the Select None function (or the click Enter or the Esc key).

Selections Menu

This menu contains many functions related to selection and selected areas through which it is possible to cancel a selection, change a selection, customize a selection and more.

Select All

A function used to select the entire image. The function is especially useful when you want to drag the entire image.
In order to activate the function press on the Select All sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Select None

A function used to cancel an existing selection on the image, in case a selection was made. After you have finished working with the selection and you wish to go back and work on the entire image (return to the original state), you must activate the Select All function.
In order to activate the function press on the Select None sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Invert

A function which operates an "inversion" to the selection. After the inversion operation, areas which were without the selection will become the selection area and the area which was within the selection area will become un-selected, i.e. without the new selection. The function is very useful when it is difficult to select the image, but easy to select the background (for example, when the background has only one hue). In cases such as these, you must first select the background (with the Magic Stick) and afterwards activate the inversion operation that will, in effect, select the image.
In order to activate the function press on the Invert sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Resize/Rotate/Expand/Contract

Using those function(s) you can fit the selections to the desired size, angle and etc and also expand or contract the selected area in order to create effects
In order to activate the function press on the Resize/Rotate/Expand/Contract sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Find Contour

Using this function will create a new selection based on the contour of the current selection. For example, if you with to select a donut shaped area, first select a circular (or eliptical) area, next use the find contour function to create a new selection based on the contour of current selected area wich will create a donut shaped selection
In order to activate the function press on the Find Contour sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Feather

This function will create/increase a selection feather. The Feather's value defines how the edges of the object/selected area will look. The lower the value of the Feather level is, the sharper will the edges of the selected area be. The higher the value of the Feather level is, the smoother and ""soften"" will the edges of the selected area be
In order to activate the function press on the Feather sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Smooth (Antialias)

This function will create antialiased selection. Antialias create a selection area with smooth edges (which will blend smoother with the surrounding background). The smoothing is created by adding semi-transparent pixels to the edge area of the image and in so creating a smoother transition and integration between the selected area and the background.
In order to activate the function press on the Smooth (Antialias) sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Crop Selection

This function is used to crop all that is without the selected area. After applying the function, all that is without the selected area will be cleared and the image will become the selected area itself. This function is useful when there is need to isolate a certain part in the image and clear away all the rest. This function is active only when an area in the image is selected.
In order to activate the function press on the Crop Selection sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Hide Selection Marks

Pressing this sub-menu will hide the selection marks (the selection lines- i.e. the Marquee). Pressing the sub-menu again will make them reappear. The default is when selection marks are displayed (in most cases you will want to see the marks/lines). The hiding option is useful when you wish to hide the line marks, but not to cancel them (in order to see what the result looks like without the selection marks).

Hiding the selection marks does not cancel the selection. In addition, when you make a new selection operation while the selection marks are hidden, you will not be able to see the marks but you will still be able to normally perform all the desired operations on it.
In order to activate the function press on the Hide Selection Marks sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Delete/Clear Selected Area

Delete/Clear dropdown:
  • Delete Selected Area: This command will delete the selected area content (on the active/selected layer) depend on the layer mask lock mode, same as clicking on the delete key
  • Clear Selected Area (Fill With Fore Style): This command will clear the current selected area content (on the active/selected layer) and will fill it with the current software fore style
  • Clear Selected Area (Fill With Back Style): This command will clear the current selected area content (on the active/selected layer) and will fill it with the current software back style
In order to activate the function press on the Delete/Clear Selected Area sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Select Layer(s) Image

In case the selected layer(s) contains a transparent area(s) this function will create a selected area which will be over on the visible/none transparent area(s) only
In order to activate the function press on the Select Layer(s) Image sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Select Layer(s) Transparent areas

In case the selected layer(s) contains a transparent area(s) this function will create a selected area which will be over on the transparent area(s) only
In order to activate the function press on the Select Layer(s) Transparent areas sub-menu under the Selections menu.

Create Mask From Selection

This sub-menu contains two functions which enable you to create a mask (for a layer) using the selection. In order to create a mask for a layer, you must first activate the layer (select it from the Layers window) and afterwards activate one of the two options. If the active layer has a mask, it will be replaced.
  • Show Selection - will create a mask in which the parts on the layer in the area of selection will be visible and the parts which are without will be hidden (transparent).
  • Hide Selection - will create a mask in which the parts on the layer in the area of selection will be hidden (transparent) and the areas without will be visible.
In order to activate the function press on the Create Mask From Selection sub-menu under the Selections menu.






















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