The Elliptical Marquee Tool

     

Before we begin... This tutorial was originally written for Photoshop CS4 but is fully compatible with newer versions including Photosiêu thị CS6 and CC.

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In a previous tutorial, we learned how Photoshop"s Rectangular Marquee Tool allows us to quickly and easily select objects or areas in a photo based on simple rectangular or square shapes. The Elliptical Marquee Tool, which is what we"ll be looking at here, is another of Photoshop"s basic selection tools. It"s nearly identical khổng lồ the Rectangular Marquee Tool & works much the same way.

In fact, the only real difference is that the Elliptical Marquee Tool allows us to draw oval or circular selections! If you already know how lớn use the Rectangular Marquee Tool, think of the Elliptical Marquee Tool as being the same thing, just with extremely rounded corners.

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This tutorial is from our How khổng lồ make selections in Photoshop series.

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By default, the Elliptical Marquee Tool is hiding behind the Rectangular Marquee Tool in the Tools panel. To access it, simply click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool, then hold your mouse button down for a second or two until a fly-out thực đơn appears showing you the other tools that are nested behind it. Cliông chồng on the Elliptical Marquee Tool in the fly-out menu lớn select it:

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You can also use the faster keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D (Win) / Command+D (Mac). Or, with the Elliptical Marquee Tool still selected, simply clichồng anywhere inside the document window to lớn remove the selection.

Up next in our How lớn make selections in Photoshop series, we"ll continue our journey through Photoshop"s many selection tools with one that allows us lớn draw freehand selections around objects in a pholớn as if we were outlining them on paper with a pen or pencil - the Lasso Tool!