Paint Shop Pro Selection Tools
 

 
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Paint Shop Pro Selection Tools

 

Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 (and further Corel PSP) offers the following selection tools: Selection tool, Freehand Selection tool and Magic Wand tool.

These mask tools form one group and are located behind one and the same icon. The icon on the Toolbox displays the last selected tool.

To open the floating menu right-click on the arrow on the right of the displayed icon.

Paint Shop Pro selection tools
  • The Selection tool
  • The tool selects polygonal areas, ellipses, circles, stars, arrows.

    To make a selection using the Selection tool:

      Step 1. Take the Selection tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon Selection tool, or (if the Selection tool was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Set the shape of the selected area using the Selection Type parameter of the Options palette.

      Step 3. Set the value of the Mode parameter in the Options palette: Replace (selection replacement, if there already was a selection it'll disappear), Add (selection expansion, adds the new selection to the previous one) or Remove (subtracts the new selection from the previous one).

      Step 4. Bring the cursor onto the image and press the left button.

      Step 5. Keeping the left button pressed, move the cursor diagonally until you get the required shape, release the button. The selected area will be marked by a dotted line.

     

  • The Freehand Selection tool
  • The tool makes freehand selections and precise selection of object borders.

    To make a selection using the Freehand Selection tool you should:

      Step 1. Take the Freehand Selection tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon Freehand Selection tool, or (if the Freehand Selection tool was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Set the value of the Mode parameter in the Options palette: Replace (selection replacement, if there already was a selection it'll disappear), Add (selection expansion, adds the new selection to the previous one) or Remove (subtracts the new selection from the previous one).

      Step 3. Set the method of contour creation in the Options palette: Edge Seeker, Freehand, Point to Point or Smart Edge.

      Step 1. Make a selection:

      For methods Edge Seeker, Point to Point and Smart Edge you should bring the cursor to the required object, make a left-click, and continue clicking along the border of the selected object until the whole object is selected. Close the contour and double-click with the left button to finish the selection process.

      For the Freehand method you should bring the cursor to the required object and keeping the left button pressed outline the object. Close the contour and release the button.

     

  • Magic Wand
  • The Magic Wand tool selects areas with similar color, brightness, opacity.

    To make a selection using the Magic Wand tool you should:

      Step 1. Take the Magic Wand tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon Magic Wand, or (if the Magic Wand tool was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Set the value of the Mode parameter in the Options palette: Replace (selection replacement, if there already was a selection it'll disappear), Add (selection expansion, adds the new selection to the previous one) or Remove (subtracts the new selection from the previous one).

      Step 3. Set the value of the Match mode parameter in the Options palette.

      Step 4. Set the value of the Tolerance parameter in the Options palette.

      Step 5. Left-click on the part of the image that should fall in the selection.

 
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