Learning Photoshop ElementsStep-by-StepLesson OneSelection Tools • Overview Before students get started using Elements in integrated projects, they must first master the Elements toolbar. This lesson will concentrate on learning some of the most basic tools on the Elements toolbar, the “selection” tools. Creating a simple object like a castle is a good way to start. • Instructions 1. Open Photoshop Element and set up a canvas as below: 2. We will be using these selection tools in this lesson: When you hold the top button down on the left side, you can access both the Both these Rectangular tools are Marquee Tool and “selection” the Elliptical tools. Marquee Tools.
When you hold down the button here you have three section tool choices: the Lasso Tool, and Polygonal Lasso Tool and the Magnetic Lasso Tool.3. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and draw a box: Note the menu on your options bar has now changed to reflect the options you have when you use the You will notice Rectangular that the selection is Marquee tool. bordered by We will be moving dashes, working with the sometime known “add to” and as “marching subtract from” ants”. These “ants” buttons on this designate which bar. pixels on the canvas that you have selected.
4. On the “Options” bar, select “add to selection” and draw another rectangle.5. Now connect the two rectangles at the bottom. Notice how all the selections you have made have “blended” together to make one big selection.
6. Add towers to your castle using the same Rectangular Marquee tool and the “add to selection” option. Any time you make a mistake, or want to try something over again for a new result, simple click on edit>undo, or step backward as far as you wish to go.7. Make poles and flags on top of your castle. Poles are made with the same Rectangular Marquee tool but triangular flags need the Polygonal Lasso Tool located on the next button down. When using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, click the mouse each time you want to draw in another direction. It is best to start and end your selection near the same place on the canvas. If you find the “sticks” to Remember to check your mouse like a and make sure the spider web, simply “add to selection” double click your option is still active mouse, and it will before you make flags release!
8. Now we will add some windows by “punching some holes” in the selection. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool once again but this time use the “subtract from selection” when you make windows. If you picture “disappears”, or your windows don’t show up just select edit>undo and check your selection buttons, chances are the “add to selection” or “subtract from selections tools are wrong.
9. Using the same tools and options select a door.
10. Now let’s add a tree. For this step you will need to use the Lasso Tool. Making a tree trunk can be challenging, make sure you have the “add to selection” option active and just add branches to your truck.
11. Add “leaves” to your tree using the same tools.12. Your selections are finished. Now it is time to color the selected areas. Select edit>fill. From the “Fill” box window, select an option from the drop down menu.
13. In this example, we will fill the selection with the foreground color, which is black.ForegroundBackground 14. To stop the “marching ants” select, Select>Deselect.
15. Your castle is finished, practice making other pictures using the selection tools. Here is another example to get you started: