33. Quick Selection Tool

Some people love this tool – I do not.  Here is all I know about a tool that I use infrequently.  The purpose is to select a portion of the image.

  • The tool looks like a rod with a dashed circle at the end.  The other tool in this space is a brush with the same dashed circle at the end.  The dashed line is referred to as “marching ants.”
  • After picking your preference of tool (do this with a right click on the tool to see the options, left click on your choice), look to the options bar above the image, but below the menu.
  • The options for this tool are: new selection, add to selection, subtract from selection.
  • Use new selection or add to selection to begin.
  • The premise is to drag the tool along the edge you want to select.
  • If you want more than what you get on your first drag around your selection, make sure you have picked the rod with the + sign in it.  Now here is the tricky part.  It depends on whether you are on the inside of the selection or the outside of it for adding or subtracting to the selection.  Have fun figuring out what works best for you.
  • Sometimes you’ll get some marching ants that are separate from the rest.  Double click on them to get them to go away.
I apologize if this blog isn’t very helpful.  I don’t find this tool to be anything but nerve racking.  Given more time, maybe, and only maybe will I expound at a later date.

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