Using Photoshop is not a rocket science these days. We can easily learn the use of every tool in Photoshop. Many of us want to remove a little or large portion from our images that must also give an original look to the image. To cut any particular portion from an image or to remove a background is quite easy with mastering Photoshop selection tools. These tools are simple to use rather than some complicated Photoshop tools.
There are marquee tools that provide you four further options inside it. These are Single column, Single row, Elliptical and Rectangular. By selecting any of these four options, you can select a specific area of image that you don’t want to remove. In every menu, you would see different option bars that actually depend on the selection of tool. Marquee tools are based on four options including Insert with selection, Subtract from selection, Add to selection and New selection. These options help you to select and subtract the image portions of your choice from any corner or any side. There is an interesting option available in the Marquee tool that is called ‘Feather value’. You can create a new selection by entering a value like 30px. This option helps you to make the edges of selected area blur.
There are also some interesting tools hidden in the style drop down section in option bar. These are Fixed size, Fixed ratio and Normal. With a useful option of Normal, you can make changes in your image with every size. However, Fixed ratio and size helps you to give a fixed size with the fixed ratio. For instance, choose the fixed size option and then add 90×40 pixels for height and width. You can keep the same or different width and height ratio of the picture according to your choice.
Another useful tool is known as ‘Refine Edge’. You can simply press ALT+CTRL+R to enter in to this option. This option helps you to make some enhancements in your picture. You can change the contrast, radius, contraction, feather and smooth level of the picture. If you want to draw a perfect circle on an image then the use of Elliptical tool would be helpful.
Single Row Tool
The single row tool creates one pixel height in an image. The single column tool makes the selection in the height and width with one pixel.
The mastering Photoshop tools actually do not look powerful but they are very useful. These tools can be used in several situations. These are also based on many other little options including Refine Edge tool, Channels, Vector masks, Layer masks, Quick masks, Color range, Pen tool, Eraser tool, Magic wand, Quick selection and Lasso tools.
If you try all of these tools then you would really enjoy them. An important advice is just to learn about these tools before begin to use them. You would not find them interesting without knowing the proper usage of these tools. After getting fully aware with their usage, you would like to edit your images again and again.
by Himanshu Patel