Photoshop Elements 10 Selections - dummies

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

When you define a selection, you specify which part of an image you want to work with. Everything within a selection is considered selected. Everything outside the selection is unselected. After you have a selection, you can then adjust only that portion, and the unselected portion remains unchanged. Or you can copy the selected area into another image altogether.

Want to transport yourself out of your background and onto a white, sandy beach? Select yourself out of that backyard BBQ photo, get a stock photo of the tropical paradise of your choice, and drag and drop yourself onto your tropics photo with the Move tool. It’s that easy.

When you make a selection, a dotted outline — variously called a selection border, an outline, or a marquee — appears around the selected area. Elements, the sophisticated imaging program that it is, also allows you to partially select pixels, which allows for soft-edged selections. You create soft-edged selections by feathering the selection or by using a mask.

When making selections, be sure that your image is in Full Photo Edit mode in the Editor and not in Quick Photo Edit or Guided Photo Edit mode or in the Organizer.