SLP CURRICULUM GUIDE #11, Selection Tool
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The Selections Tools are used to select an area or areas of an image or photographs. The tools include Selection, Freehand, Magic Wand and Crop. I also include the Dropper and Move Tools with this set of tools. Each of these tools have their own set of options though in some cases the options may be similar between tools. Thus, exploring each tool and its options allows one to master that tool.


  1. Know the Keyboard Shortcut for the 'Selection' tool. Also, know how to use the Keyboard to select 'Add' and 'Remove' options.
  2. Knowing the difference between 'Replace', 'Add' and 'Remove' allows one to change the shape of a selection. This technique can be used to refine how to get a selection just around an object but does require practice. This technique requires using the different Modes either in the Tool Options palette or with the Shift or Control keys pressed.
  3. After making a selection know how to move that selection using the right click inside of the selection.
  4. Using the SELECTIONS MENU and the MODIFY Feather options learn how to Feather a selection both Inside, Outside or Both of a selection. By knowing this technique one can create smoothed boarders of the object selected. There are other techniques one can use with this featured selection such as using a new layer, Inverting the selection and then Flood Filling it with a solid color (often I use White) to create a very nice way to present the selection.
  5. Understand how to erase areas outside of a selection without disturbing the selected area by Inverting a selection.
  6. Using the Zoom tool or Zoom feature see how enlarging a picture can make the selection to an edge of the object to be selected easier to accomplish (often used with the other selection tools rather than the selection tool itself).
  7. If adding color to a selection (such as using the flood tool) and the color is not as expected check Selections || Modify || (Feather options) are set to the default setting.


  1. When completing a tutorial or series of tutorials, and having placed them upon your web page, post in the SLP Forum your completed work using this layout:
    • a. Name or Screen Name.
    • b. Web Site URL.
    • c. Version of PSP using.
    • d. List of Tutorials completed.
  2. From exploration of using the Selection Tool and its options as suggested in this guide, post some of your results and or comments in response to the exercises.
    • a. Indicate what you did so others can duplicate.
    • b. Indicate what option values.
    • c. Add comments on your results and findings of interest.
    • d. Share your questions and comments in the SLP Forum and your graphic results in the member Gallery SLP Album as well as in the Forum.


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