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The Marquee tools are the easiest Photoshop Elements 11 selection tools to use. Basically, if you can use a mouse or a trackpad without much difficulty, you can become a marqueeing expert.

The Rectangular Marquee tool creates rectangular or square selections. Use this tool when you want to grab just a portion of an image and copy and paste it into a new, blank document or into another image.

Follow these steps to make a selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool:

  1. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools panel.

    The tool looks like a dotted square. You can also use the keyboard shortcut — press the M key. If the tool isn’t visible, press M again, or you can select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tool Options.

  2. Click and drag from one corner of the area that you want to select to the opposite corner.

    While you drag, the selection border appears. The border follows the movement of your mouse cursor (a crosshair or plus sign icon).

  3. Release your mouse button.

    You now have a rectangular selection.

    [Credit: ©istockphoto.com/gilaxia Image #20557146]
    Credit: ©istockphoto.com/gilaxia Image #20557146

The Elliptical Marquee tool creates elliptical or circular selections. You can select clocks, doughnuts, inner tubes, and other round objects with this tool.

Here are the steps to create an elliptical selection:

  1. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool from the Tools panel.

    You can also use the keyboard shortcut — press the M key. If the tool isn’t visible, press M again, or you can select the Elliptical Marquee tool from the Tool Options.

  2. Position the crosshair near the area you want to select, click the area, and then click and drag around the element.

    While you drag, the selection marquee appears.

  3. When you’re satisfied with your selection, release the mouse button.

    Your elliptical selection is complete.

If your selection isn’t quite centered around the element, move the selection border by clicking and dragging inside the border with either the Rectangular or Elliptical Marquee tool. You can also move a selection with either tool while you’re drawing by pressing the spacebar.

[Credit: ©istockphoto.com/Brosa Image #3771244]
Credit: ©istockphoto.com/Brosa Image #3771244
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