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How to Use the Marquee Refine Edge Option in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, the Refine Edge tool in the Options bar will give you the ability to fine-tune your selections to give the finished product a polished look. [more…]

How to Use the Lasso Tool in Photoshop CS6

Not much in life is perfectly rectangular or elliptical, and that’s where the Lasso tools in Photoshop CS6 come in handy. Most of the time, you have to deal with irregular shapes that have [more…]

How to Select Straight Lines with the Polygonal Lasso Tool in Photoshop CS6

Whereas the regular Lasso tool in Photoshop CS6 is great for selecting undulating, curvy elements, the Polygonal Lasso tool shines when it comes to the more regimented, straight-sided subjects, such as [more…]

How to Attract with the Magnetic Lasso Tool in Photoshop CS6

The trickiest Lasso tool to use in Photoshop CS6 is the Magnetic Lasso tool. The Magnetic Lasso tool works by analyzing the colors of the pixels between the elements in the foreground and the elements [more…]

How to Adjust the Magnetic Lasso Options in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6 the Magnetic Lasso tool comes equipped with a few settings on the Options bar that control the sensitivity of the tool. Mastering these adjustments expands the value of the tool. [more…]

How to Select Images with the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop CS6

The Magic Wand tool in Photoshop CS6 works best when you have high-contrast images or images that have a limited number of colors. For example, a blue and white umbrella is a perfect example of something [more…]

How to Set the Tolerance of the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop CS6

The Magic Wand Tolerance setting in Photoshop CS6 determines the range of color that the Magic Wand tool selects. Sometimes, an image may contain a few shades of a similar color. Consider a cloudless sky [more…]

How to Use the Lesser-Used Magic Wand Options in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, the most used Magic Wand options are Anti-alias and Refine Edge. But other Magic Wand options can also come in handy. The three remaining options are as follows: [more…]

How to Save Time with the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop CS6

To save time in Photoshop CS6, Adobe has a great tool, the Quick Selection Tool. Think of it as a combo Brush, Magic Wand, Lasso tool. Easy to use — with surprisingly good results — it’s sure to become [more…]

How to Create Paths with the Pen Tool in Photoshop CS6

Unlike the other selection tools in Photoshop CS6, the Pen tool doesn’t initially produce a selection marquee. When you select the Pen tool and start clicking and dragging around your image, you create [more…]

How to Select Pen Tool Modes in Photoshop CS6

Although every path in Photoshop CS6 consists of three basic components — segments, points, and direction lines — the Pen tool enables you to use these components to create a few different types of paths [more…]

How to Choose and Create Your First Work Path in Photoshop CS6

Once you choose the Path mode to use with the Pen tool in Photoshop CS6, you then need to indicate what you want to do with that path. Make your first Pen click and make your choice. Or, you can wait until [more…]

How to Connect a Straight Segment to a Curve Segment in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, if you need to create a straight segment after creating a curve (or vice versa), you need to convert the point where the path changes from curved to straight. To convert a point, follow [more…]

How to Connect a Curve Segment to a Cusp Point in Photoshop CS6

If you want to create a curve in Photoshop CS6 that goes in the same direction as a curve that’s adjacent to it, you have to take a couple of additional steps which involve a Cusp Point. [more…]

How to Create and Save a Path in the Paths Panel in Photoshop CS6

When you create a path in Adobe Photoshop CS6, it appears in the Paths panel as a work path. A work path is temporary and unsaved, and you can have only one work path in the Paths panel at a time. [more…]

How to Stroke a Path in the Paths Panel in Photoshop CS6

You can use the Stroke Path command in Photoshop CS6 to paint a stroke along a path. You can select which painting or editing tool to use to stroke the path. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to Fill a Path in the Paths Panel in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, you can fill the interior of a path with color by choosing the Fill Path command in the Paths Panel. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to Load Paths as Selections in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, creating a path is often the means to an end — an accurate selection. Therefore, you frequently use the Paths panel to load your path as a selection. [more…]

How to Turn a Selection into a Path in Photoshop CS6

While working in Photoshop CS6, you can create paths from existing selections. You probably won’t use this option nearly as often as you use the option to turn a path into a selection, but the option is [more…]

How to Use the Freeform Pen Tool in Photoshop CS6

The Freeform Pen tool in Photoshop CS6 is kind of a hybrid Lasso/Pen tool. Just click and drag around the element you want to select, and the tool creates an outline that follows your cursor, exactly like [more…]

How to Create Paths without the Pen in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6 there is a fun way to create paths without using the Pen Tool You can grab any of the shape tools and create a path. However, be sure to choose the Path mode on the Options bar. Click [more…]

How to Edit Paths in Photoshop CS6

Often in Photoshop CS6, using the Pen tool to get a reasonably decent, but not perfect, path is easier and less time consuming than striving for perfection. After you have that path, go back and edit it [more…]

How to Use Options for Pen or Path/Direct Selection in Photoshop CS6

Quite a few options appear on the Options bar in Photoshop CS6 when the Pen tool or Path Selection/Direct Selection tools are active. Here’s the scoop on those options: [more…]

How to Create Curved Paths in Photoshop CS6

You’re probably never going to create a work path in Photoshop CS6 that doesn’t have curves as well as straight lines. After all, not much in life is perfectly linear. Most things have undulations here [more…]

How to Link Layers in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop Creative Suite 6 gives you the option of linking layers. You’ll probably find that you don’t need to link layers in most cases. Simply select multiple layers and apply your command — moving, [more…]

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