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How to Apply Marquee Options in Photoshop Elements 9

The Marquee tools in Photoshop Elements offer additional options when you need to make precise selections at specific measurements. You also find options for making your selections soft around the edges [more…]

Making Freeform Selections with Lasso Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

The Lasso tools in Photoshop Elements enable you to make freeform selections using the Lasso tool, Polygonal Lasso tool, and Magnetic Lasso tool. These tools are all designed to make freeform selections [more…]

Using the Magic Wand to Make Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

The Magic Wand selection tool has been around since Photoshop was in its infancy and Elements was not yet a twinkle in Adobe’s eye. It’s extremely easy to use, but a little harder to predict what selection [more…]

How to Modify Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

You can refine that Marquee, Lasso, or Magic Wand selection to perfection in Photoshop Elements. Although these selection tools do an okay job of capturing the bulk of your selection, if you take the time [more…]

How to Paint with the Selection Brush in Photoshop Elements 9

If you like the feel of painting on a canvas, you’ll appreciate the Selection Brush tool in Photoshop Elements. Using two different modes, you can either paint over areas of an image that you want to select [more…]

Using the Recompose Tool to Resize Images in Photoshop Elements 9

The Recompose tool in Photoshop Elements is like a super-intelligent crop-and-transform tool. You can move elements in an image closer together or change the orientation of a landscape shot from horizontal [more…]

How to Use the Cookie Cutter Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

The Cookie Cutter tool in Photoshop Elements is a powerful tool. You can think of it as a Custom Shape tool for images. But, whereas the Custom Shape tool creates a mask and hides everything outside the [more…]

How to Erase Image Areas with Eraser Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

The Eraser tools in Photoshop Elements let you erase areas of your image. Elements has three eraser tools: the regular Eraser, the Background Eraser, and the Magic Eraser. The Eraser tools look like those [more…]

Extracting Objects with the Magic Extractor in Photoshop Elements 9

The Magic Extractor command in Photoshop Elements enables you to make selections based on your identification of the foreground and background portions of your image. The way this tool works is you specify [more…]

Using the Select Menu to Refine Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

You can use the Select menu in Photoshop Elements to further modify and refine selections by expanding, contracting, smoothing, softening, inversing, growing, and grabbing similarly colored pixels. [more…]

How to Paint with the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

Think of the Quick Selection tool in Photoshop Elements as a combination Brush, Magic Wand, and Lasso tool. This tool lives up to its “quick” moniker and is easy to use. [more…]

Creating Rectangular and Elliptical Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

If you can drag a mouse, you can master the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools to make selections in Photoshop Elements. These two tools are the easiest selection tools to use, so if your desired [more…]

Freeform Selections with Photoshop Elements 10 Lasso Tools

Most animate, and many inanimate, objects have undulations of varying sorts. You can’t select everything with a rectangle or an ellipse. Life is just way too freeform for that. Luckily, Elements anticipated [more…]

Select with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

Using the Lasso tool is the digital version of tracing an outline around an object on a piece of paper. It’s that easy. And you have only three choices on the Options bar — Feather, Anti-Alias, and Refine [more…]

Make a Straight Selection with the Polygon Lasso Tool

The Polygonal Lasso tool in Photoshop Elements 10 has a specific mission in life: to select any element whose sides are straight. Think pyramids, stairways, skyscrapers, barns — you get the idea. It also [more…]

Magnetic Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

The Magnetic Lasso tool works by defining the areas of the most contrast in an image and then snapping to the edge between those areas, as though the edge has a magnetic pull. [more…]

Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

The Magic Wand tool is one of the oldest tools in the world of digital imaging. This beloved tool has been around since Photoshop was in its infancy and Elements was not yet a twinkle in Adobe’s eye. It’s [more…]

Modify Selections in Photoshop Elements 10

You can refine that Marquee, Lasso, or Magic Wand selection to perfection. Although these tools do an okay job of capturing the bulk of your selection, if you take the time to add or subtract a bit from [more…]

Paint with the Selection Brush in Photoshop Elements 10

With the Selection Brush, you can use two different modes to paint over areas of an image that you want to select or paint over areas you don’t want to select. This great tool also lets you make a basic [more…]

Paint with the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

Think of the Quick Selection tool as a combination Brush, Magic Wand, and Lasso tool. Good news — it lives up to its “quick” moniker. Better news — it’s also easy to use. The best news? It gives pretty [more…]

Resize Smartly with the Recompose Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

The Recompose tool in Photoshop Elements 10 is like an super-intelligent crop-and-transform tool. You can move elements closer together or even change the orientation of a landscape shot from horizontal [more…]

Cookie Cutter Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

The Cookie Cutter tool is a cute name for a pretty powerful tool. You can think of it as a Custom Shape tool for images. But, whereas the Custom Shape tool creates a mask and just hides everything outside [more…]

Photoshop Elements 10 Eraser Tools

The Eraser tools let you erase areas of your image. Elements has three eraser tools: the regular Eraser, the Magic Eraser, and the Background Eraser. The Eraser tools look like those pink erasers you used [more…]

Use the Magic Extractor Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

The Magic Extractor command enables you to make selections based on your identification of the foreground and background portions of your image. The way this tool works is that you specify your foreground [more…]

Reselect or Inverse Selections in Photoshop Elements 10

You can use the Select menu commands to further modify selections by reselecting and even inversing your selections, along with a host of other options including expanding, contracting, smoothing, softening [more…]

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