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Chapter 9. Making Selections > Selection Strategies

Selection Strategies

The key to using selection tools is knowing what each of them is good for. The whole point of selection is to separate the areas you want to change from the areas you don’t want to change, and being aware of that goal gives you a head start in choosing the right selection method. It helps if the area you want to select is visually distinct in some way, because Photoshop has ways of selecting areas based on visual differences such as tone or color, or by using intelligent edge detection.

Selecting Manually. Manual selection tools, including the marquee and lasso tools (see Figure 9-1), date back at least as far as Apple MacPaint on the original 1984 Mac. These classic tools are simple and effective. However, they are 100 percent manual, so making complex selections is difficult and requires a steady hand. The Pen tool also falls into this category because you can draw a path and convert it to a selection. The advantage of the Pen tool is that paths can be much easier to edit than floating marquee selections; for this reason, storing selections as paths in the Paths panel is a useful alternative to storing selections in the Channels panel.


  

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