How to Add to a Selection in Photoshop Elements 11

If your selection in an image in Photoshop Elements 11 doesn’t contain all the elements you want to capture, you need to add those portions to your current selection.

To add to a current selection, simply hold down the Shift key and click and drag around the pixels you want to include when using the regular Lasso or the Rectangular or Elliptical Marquee tool. If you’re using the Polygonal Lasso, click and release around the area.

You can also hold down the Shift key and click the area you want when using the Magic Wand tool, or drag on the area you want when using the Quick Selection tool.

After your first drag with the Quick Selection tool, your selection option button should convert to the Add to Selection button automatically. When using the Selection Brush in Selection mode, the selection option button is also set automatically to the Add to Selection button.

You don’t have to use the same tool to add to your selection that you used to create the original selection. Feel free to use whatever selection tool you think can get the job done. For example, it’s common to start off with the Magic Wand and clean up your selection with the Lasso tool.

Follow these steps to add to a circular selection:

  1. Make your first elliptical selection with the Elliptical Marquee tool, as shown in the left example.

    Be sure to hold down the Alt key (Option on the Mac) to draw from the center out. Also, press the Shift key if you want to constrain your selection to a circle.

  2. To add to your initial selection, hold down two keys at once: First hold down the Shift key to add to the selection and then hold down the Alt (or Option) key to draw from the center out.

    You must press and hold the keys in this order.

    Note that if you also need to constrain your selection to a perfect circle, you have a dilemma because the Shift key is already being used to add to the selection.

  3. Drag around the second selection by using the Elliptical Marquee tool.

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 several times to select all the tennis balls.

    [Credit: ©istockphoto.com/nico_blue Image #01390580]
    Credit: ©istockphoto.com/nico_blue Image #01390580
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