Transform your Selections

April 15, 2016

Transform your selection SnickerdoodleDesigns

Adobe gives Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users multiple selection tools. Among others are the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso, Quick Selection, and Magic Wand tools.

Drawing  out a selection using these tools is usually easy enough, but sometimes selections can be tricky, or we might need to make an adjustment after the selection is made.  Sometimes we just deselect and start over again.  Or we can try using the add-to or subtract-from options in the top menu bar. But there’s also another way to help perfect our selections, and that is by using the Transform Selection tool.

In this image I have done a sloppy job of selecting my butterfly. The left tip of his wing is just slightly cut off, and the lower part of both wings are not included in the selection.

Transform your selection SnickerdoodleDesigns

To adjust this selection: Go to the top menu bar: Select > Transform Selection.  Transform handles are placed around the selection. We can change the shape of the selection by clicking on the handles and dragging them in the direction we want them to go.

Transform your selection SnickerdoodleDesigns

Transform your selection SnickerdoodleDesigns

If we right-click inside the selection, we will also have access to the other selection options, in case we need them.

Transform your selection SnickerdoodleDesigns

I hope the Transform Selection tool comes in handy for you! Sometimes adjusting, rather than starting all over again is really helpful.

If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial, you may do so here:  Transforming your Selections.




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  1. Kay

    Thanks for this great tut… I have started over several times when I didn’t get the selection just right. This is great to know.

    • Karen

      So glad it’s helpful, Kay! Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate your comments.

  2. sherry

    This is a handy tip !! Thank you 🙂

  3. Anita

    Oh my! So glad to know about this!

  4. Steph

    I did not know this option was under the Select Menu. Cool.

  5. NancyP

    This is awesome!! I always started over, and sometimes yet over again!!!


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