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Transform Photoshop CS5 Selections

You don’t have to deselect and start over again if you just want to make a selection larger or smaller. In Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can resize, rotate, and even distort an existing selection using the Transform Selection feature. Follow these easy steps to transform a selection:

  1. Create a selection and then choose Select→Transform Selection.

    You can use the bounding box to resize and rotate your selection:

    • Drag the handles to make the selection larger or smaller. Drag a corner handle to adjust width and height simultaneously. Shift+drag a corner handle to size proportionally.

    • Position the cursor outside the bounding box to see the Rotate icon; drag when it appears to rotate the selection. Shift+drag to constrain to straight, 45-degree, or 90-degree angles.

    • Ctrl+drag (Windows) or Command+drag (Mac) a corner point to distort the selection.

      Distort, resize, and rotate a Photoshop selection with the Transform Selection feature.
      Distort, resize, and rotate a Photoshop selection with the Transform Selection feature.
  2. Press Enter or Return or double-click in the center of the selection area to confirm the transformation; press Esc to release the transformation and return to the original selection.

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