Learn How To Edit Selections


Learn How to Edit Selections


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Tish, October 25, 2008


I used papers and some other elements from a 'pay for' kit made by KoKo which has now been retired.

Note: when using your own papers they should be at least 800 x 800 pixels in size.

This tutorial is primarily editing selections. Any transparent selection, chosen from the Selection Tool, Circle, Ellipse, Star, Rectangle, etc. can be Mirrored, Flipped or Offset, making placement easy.

The important thing to remember is to leave the Marquee or Marching Ants in place until all edits are complete. Name your file and save often.

1. Open a new image, Transparent, 600 x 600 pixels, Resolution 300 dpi.

Floodfill this layer with Black, #000000, Rename to background.

2. New Layer. Rename Swirls. Choose Selection Tool from the Menu bar, Choose Custom Selection and fill in these values. Top 25, Left 25, Right 275, Bottom 275, and click OK.

3. Open the Swirls pattern. In the Materials Palette, choose the Swirls, Angle 0, Size 50 and floodfill the selection. Leave the marching ants.



4. From the menu bar choose Selections, scroll down to Edit selection and click on it. A check mark will appear and the selection will turn red. From the menu bar choose Image, Mirror. The selection moves to the top right of your working image. Menu bar, Selections, Edit click to remove the check mark.

5. New layer. Rename Black on White. Open Black on White dots, in the Materials Palette choose the black on white dots as your pattern, Angle 0, Size 50 and floodfill the selection. Leave the marching ants.

6. Edit this selection. Selections, Edit, click for the check mark. Image, Flip. The marquee is now bottom right. Selections, Edit to remove the check mark.

7. New Layer. Rename Stripes. Open Black and White stripes, in the Materials Palette choose as your pattern, Angle 0, Size 50. Floodfill the selection.

8. Edit the selection again. Selections, Edit, click for the check mark. Image, Mirror. The marquee is now bottom left. Selections, Edit to remove the check mark.

9. New Layer. Rename White on Black. Open White on Black, in the Materials Palette choose as your pattern, Angle 0, Size 50. Floodfill the selection. Select none.



You will have four perfectly spaced, same size, rectangles.

The next set of instructions remain the same for each patterned layer, so I will write them out once.

10. Highlight the first patterned layer, (swirls) From the menu bar choose Selections, Select all, Float, Defloat, Selections Modify, Selection Borders.



In the open window check Both sides, Border Width 1, click OK. Floodfill the border with gold beads pattern, Angle 0, Size 100. Selections None.



Move up to the next pattern layer and repeat until all four rectangles have a border.



11. Copy and Paste one of the frames from the kit as a New Layer. Rename Frame. Resize 75%, Bicubic, make sure All Layers isn't checked as we want to resize the frame only.



12. New Layer, rename Fill. Move down under the frame layer. Choose the Selection Tool from the menu bar, Rectangle shape and carefully draw out the marching ants just inside the frame.



Floodfill with a solid colour and add a texture. Leave the marching ants in place until you have placed your tube.

If you copy and paste your tube as a new layer, you can resize it so it fits within the frame and doesn't poke outside your selection. Selections None.

I used red to make it 'pop'

13. Highlight the top layer,frame, copy and paste a butterfly as a New Layer. Resize the butterfly by 50%, making sure All Layers isn't checked.

Place on frame where it looks pretty.

14. Now we will add a border without changing the size of our graphic.

Add a New Layer. Floodfill with the gold bead pattern, Angle 0, Size 100. From the menu bar choose Selections, Select All. Selections, Modify, Contract by 4, hit delete. Leave those marching ants. Selections, Modify, Contract by 4, Floodfill with gold beads again.
Selections, Modify, Contract by 4, hit delete. Select None.

Merge all layers Flatten.



Be creative, a tutorial is a guideline only so have fun





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