How to Use the Marquee Tools in Photoshop

PUSH YOUR LIMITS – USE SELECTION TOOLS

Push your limit by using selections.   You can do so much when you select an area in your photograph to express yourself with your work.  If you have a vision but just don’t know how to change it…try using a selection to get you started.  Let me show you how.

Marquee Tools

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You’ll learn about the various selection tools.

Rectangular Marquee Tool

Drag your mouse on the image to make a rectangular selection, then let go of the mouse.

Square Marquee Tool

To make a square selection use the rectangular marquee.  Hold your shift key and drag your mouse on your image, then let go.

Elliptical Marquee Tool

Drag your mouse on the image to make an elliptical selection, then let go of the mouse.

Circular Marquee Tool

To make a circle selection use the elliptical marquee.  Hold your shift key and drag your mouse on your image, then let go.


Specify one of the selection options in the options bar above when using the marquee tools.  See below for more details on what you can do here.

Selection Options

This is where you’ll add, remove or intersect selections.

Style Options

Normal style will give you the freedom of making the selections you want.

Fixed is when you set the size of your selection using pixels.

Ratio is good to use when you want to select a common print size.  You’ll be able to ‘see’ how the print will be cropped.

Anti-alias

Select Anti-alias to soften your edges when you use the elliptical or circle marquee tool.

 

If you have questions feel free to ask, I check every comment.  This is part of a mini-course I did for our membership program.  They also received a PDF and images downloads for them to practice with.  It’s a detailed selection course that one of our members ask for.  This is what we do to help photographers to move forward in their photography journey.

If you’re interested in our membership program you can check it out HERE.

before i made selections in photoshop marquee tool

Before I used the Marquee Tools

before i made selections in photoshop marquee tool

After I used the Marquee Tools

SJPmembership Program's Mini-Course

Topics we discuss in this Mini-Course:

Lesson 1: Rectangular Marquee tool, Elliptical Marquee Tool, Single Row Marquee Tool and Single Column Marquee Tool

Lesson 2: Lasso Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, Magnetic Lasso Tool

Lesson 3: Quick Selection/ Magic Wand

Lesson 4: Quick Mask / Bonus Lesson

Have questions ask below, I’m here for you!

Cheers,

Janice

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