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Basic Selection Tools in Adobe Fireworks CS5

You can work in Fireworks Creative Suite 5 using the same basic selection tools for both vector and bitmap images. If you’re familiar with Photoshop selection techniques, you’ll have no problem using the same tools in Fireworks. Here’s the lowdown on making selections with the Marquee and Lasso tools.

Make a selection in a bitmap image

You can use both the Marquee and Lasso tools interchangeably when making a selection.

  • Marquee: To make a selection with the Marquee tool, simply select it from the Tools panel, and then click and drag to surround the area you want to select. You can add to the selection by holding down the Shift key and dragging another marquee region, or deselect a portion of the active selection by holding down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key while dragging with the Marquee tool.

  • Lasso: To use the Lasso tool, select it from the Tools panel and click and drag to create a path that then becomes your selection. You can add to the selection by holding down the Shift key and creating another selection region, or subtract from the selection by holding down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key while dragging a selection region with the Lasso tool.

By making a selection with the Marquee tool or Lasso tool and then clicking and dragging with the Pointer tool, you can move one part of an image to another. If you make no selection

Switch to the Subselection tool and notice that if you have an existing selection, the pointer changes to a double arrow, indicating that you will clone (copy) the selection when you click and drag it.

Make a selection in a vector image

By using the same tools you use to select bitmap images, you can adjust vector paths. Use the Pointer tool to move an entire vector shape.

Use the Subselection tool to move the individual points on the path.

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