Photo Pos Pro v3 - Manual Area(s) Selecions

Manual Selection Tools

The software's manual selection toolbox contains 3 main selection tools: the Standard (Geometric) Selection tool, Polygon Selection tool & the Free Selection tool. With the manual selection tools it is possible to perform various operations



Standard/Geometric Selection Tool

With this tool is possible to select areas on a picture with geometric shapes like squares, rectangles, circles, ellipsis, arrows, stars, hearts and much more, or a combination of the above. In order to activate the tool, press the Manual Selections -> Standard/Geometric Selections menu button in the Tools Toolbar (the left toolbar)

The tool's properties toolbar(s) (found on the top of the screen below the shortcuts toolbar) contains a number of commands through which it is possible to control the tool's properties.
  • Selection (shape) - With those toolbar buttons it is possible to select the geometric form of the selection.
  • Feather - The Feather's value defines how the edges of the object/selected area will look. The lower the value of the Feather is, the sharper will the edges of the object/selected area be. The higher the value of the Feather is, the smoother and "soften" will the edges of the object/selected area be (will cause the edges to gradually integrate with the background).When the Feather's value is greater than 0 (i.e. when there is Feather), it is possible to select one of two types of Feather: Smooth feather or Sharp feathr. The selection of the Feather type is done with the Feather Type dropdown, located near the Feather Box.
  • Smooth (Antialias) - Selection Antialias ON create a object/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 object/selected area and the background.
  • Selection Mode dropdown:
    • Replace/Keyboard - In case no key is pressed the new created selection will replace the current selection. In case Shift key pressed the new created selection will be added to the current one. In case Ctrl key pressed the new created selection will be subtract from the current one
    • Add - The new created selection will be added to the current one.
    • Subtract - The new created selection will be subtract from the current one
  • Moving Dropdown: Using this dropdown you can select if moving/transform the selection area with the mouse will move/transform only the selection area only or move the selection area + the content with in it. When moving/tranforming the selection with the content a new layer will be created with the moved/transformed content (to merge the moved content with the source layer, in the layers window select both the moved and the source layers by ctrl + click on each on of them, next click on the flat/merge layers button on the layers toolbar)
  • Select None: A command 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 None function.
  • 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
How to use the tool In order to (actively) select an area on the picture, use the mouse to point on the spot where you wish the selection to begin. Click on it with the mouse's left button. While keeping the button pressed, drag the mouse until you reach the desired shape. To finish the operation, release the mouse's left button. The selection created will appear on the screen.

Polygon Selection Tool

With this tool it is possible to select areas on the picture in any polygonal shape. In order to activate the tool, press the Manual Selections -> Polygon Selection Tool menu button in the Tools Toolbar (the left toolbar).

The tool's properties toolbar(s) (found on the top of the screen below the shortcuts toolbar) contains a number of commands through which it is possible to control the tool's properties.
  • Feather - The Feather's value defines how the edges of the object/selected area will look. The lower the value of the Feather is, the sharper will the edges of the object/selected area be. The higher the value of the Feather is, the smoother and "soften" will the edges of the object/selected area be (will cause the edges to gradually integrate with the background).When the Feather's value is greater than 0 (i.e. when there is Feather), it is possible to select one of two types of Feather: Smooth feather or Sharp feathr. The selection of the Feather type is done with the Feather Type dropdown, located near the Feather Box.
  • Smooth (Antialias) - Selection Antialias ON create a object/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 object/selected area and the background.
  • Selection Mode dropdown:
    • Replace/Keyboard - In case no key is pressed the new created selection will replace the current selection. In case Shift key pressed the new created selection will be added to the current one. In case Ctrl key pressed the new created selection will be subtract from the current one
    • Add - The new created selection will be added to the current one.
    • Subtract - The new created selection will be subtract from the current one
  • Moving Dropdown: Using this dropdown you can select if moving/transform the selection area with the mouse will move/transform only the selection area only or move the selection area + the content with in it. When moving/tranforming the selection with the content a new layer will be created with the moved/transformed content (to merge the moved content with the source layer, in the layers window select both the moved and the source layers by ctrl + click on each on of them, next click on the flat/merge layers button on the layers toolbar)
  • Select None: A command 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 None function.
  • 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
How to use the tool In order to (actively) select the area on the picture, use the mouse to point on the spot where you wish to begin the selection and left-click with the mouse. Each new left-click on the mouse while pointing on a different area on the picture will create a rib. In order to finish the selection (and close the polygon), right-click with the mouse on the picture or double click on the picture.

Free Selection Tool

With this tool it is possible to select areas on the picture in any shape whatsoever. In order to activate the tool, press the Manual Selections -> Free Selection Tool menu button in the Tools Toolbar (the left toolbar).

The tool's properties toolbar(s) (found on the top of the screen below the shortcuts toolbar) contains a number of commands through which it is possible to control the tool's properties.
  • Feather - The Feather's value defines how the edges of the object/selected area will look. The lower the value of the Feather is, the sharper will the edges of the object/selected area be. The higher the value of the Feather is, the smoother and "soften" will the edges of the object/selected area be (will cause the edges to gradually integrate with the background).When the Feather's value is greater than 0 (i.e. when there is Feather), it is possible to select one of two types of Feather: Smooth feather or Sharp feathr. The selection of the Feather type is done with the Feather Type dropdown, located near the Feather Box.
  • Smooth (Antialias) - Selection Antialias ON create a object/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 object/selected area and the background.
  • Selection Mode dropdown:
    • Replace/Keyboard - In case no key is pressed the new created selection will replace the current selection. In case Shift key pressed the new created selection will be added to the current one. In case Ctrl key pressed the new created selection will be subtract from the current one
    • Add - The new created selection will be added to the current one.
    • Subtract - The new created selection will be subtract from the current one
  • Moving Dropdown: Using this dropdown you can select if moving/transform the selection area with the mouse will move/transform only the selection area only or move the selection area + the content with in it. When moving/tranforming the selection with the content a new layer will be created with the moved/transformed content (to merge the moved content with the source layer, in the layers window select both the moved and the source layers by ctrl + click on each on of them, next click on the flat/merge layers button on the layers toolbar)
  • Select None: A command 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 None function.
  • 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
How to use the tool In order to (actively) select an area on the picture, use the mouse to point on the spot where you wish the selection to begin. Click on it with the mouse's left button. While keeping the button pressed, drag the mouse until you reach the desired shape. To finish the operation, release the mouse's left button. The selection created will appear on the screen.




















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