Rectangular and Elliptical Selections in Photoshop Elements 10
Select with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements 10
Make a Straight Selection with the Polygon Lasso Tool

Modify Commands in Photoshop Elements 10

You can use the Select menu commands to further modify selections by expanding, contracting, smoothing, softening, growing, and grabbing similarly colored pixels. Although the commands on the Modify submenu definitely won’t win any popularity contests, they may occasionally come in handy.

Here’s the scoop on each command:

  • Border. Selects the area, from 1 to 200 pixels, around the edge of the selection border. By choosing Edit→Fill Selection, you can fill the border with color.

  • Smooth. Rounds off any jagged, raggedy edges. Enter a value from 1 to 100 pixels, and Elements looks at each selected pixel and then includes or deselects the pixels in your selection based on your chosen value. Start with a low number, like 1, 2, or 3 pixels. Otherwise, it may make your selection less accurate.

  • Expand. Enables you to increase the size of your selection by a given number of pixels, from 1 to 100. This command is especially useful if you just barely missed getting the edge of an elliptical selection and need it to be a little larger.

  • Contract. Decreases your selection border by 1 to 100 pixels. When you’re compositing multiple images, you often benefit by slightly contracting your selection if you plan on applying a feather. That way, you avoid picking up a fringe of background pixels around your selection.

blog comments powered by Disqus
How to Make a Selection with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements
How to Remove Elements from Images in Photoshop Elements 11
Use the Magic Extractor Tool in Photoshop Elements 10
Feather before Making a Selection in Photoshop Elements 11
Create Perfect Square and Circle Selections in Photoshop Elements 10