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Apply Grow and Similar Commands to Selections and Save Your Work

The Grow and Similar commands in Photoshop Elements 10 are often used in tandem with the Magic Wand tool. If you made an initial selection with the Magic Wand but didn’t quite get everything you want, try choosing Select→Grow.

Grow and Similar commands in Photoshop Elements 10

The Grow command increases the size of the selection by including adjacent pixels that fall within the range of tolerance. The Similar command is like Grow except that the pixels don’t have to be adjacent to be selected. The command searches throughout the image and picks up pixels within the tolerance range.

These commands don’t have their own tolerance options. They use whatever Tolerance value is displayed on the Options bar when the Magic Wand tool is selected. You can adjust that Tolerance setting to include more or fewer colors.

Save and Load Selections in Photoshop Elements 10

At times, you toil so long over a complex selection that you really want to save it for future use. Saving it isn’t only possible, but also highly recommended.

It’s also a piece a cake. Here’s how:

  1. After you perfect your selection, choose Select→Save Selection.

  2. In the Save Selection dialog box, leave the Selection option set to New and enter a name for your selection.

    The operation is automatically set to New Selection.

    Save your selection for later use to save time and effort.
    Save your selection for later use to save time and effort.
  3. Click OK.

  4. When you want to access the selection again, choose Select→Load Selection and choose a selection from the Selection drop-down menu.

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