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How do you adjust a marquee selection?

Jun 4, 2012 2:14 AM

Tags: #out #select #cut #marching #marquee #elliptical #ants

Ok so I have a photo.  I want to cut out a shape that is oval.  I try to draw it, but cannot get it quite right.


It's near, but not perfect.  So I want to go and click on one side and drag the shape out to stretch it to the desired shape.


Each time I do this, I either get a second shape (via Alt I think), or the original shape disappears and I have to try again.  Over and over and over......................


It won't let me just "adjust" the elliptical selection.


So how do you do?





Note: 2773521512e28aff242-7ffc.html
This doesn't do it either as it just immediately cuts-out the image, or stretches it.  I just want to adjust the shape I am cutting out. 

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    Jun 4, 2012 2:15 AM   in reply to simonmlewis

    If you have a newer version of elements go to Select>Transform  Selection.


    If you don't have that command, what version of elements?


    Your talking about a selection and not a shape drawn with the shape tools?

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    Jun 4, 2012 4:00 AM   in reply to R_Kelly
    1. Open your picture file
    2. Access the Cookie Cutter Tool (Q)
    3. On the tool's option bar at the top, next to "Shape", click on the little arrow, then when the next screen comes up, select "Crop Shapes"
    4. In this library there is an all-black circle. Highlight this.
    5. Drag this out into an oval and position, commit.
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    Jun 4, 2012 6:47 AM   in reply to simonmlewis

    The cookie cutter tool is the star-shaped icon in the tool box. I put a red line there for your reference.

    This tool will do just what you want, and there are many shapes from  which to select.

    Forget about shift + ctrl.

    Once you engage the tool and embrace the content which you wish to retain, you crop away the unwanted area. The corner handles and side handles of the bounding box facilitate the entire process.



    We look forward to your progress

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    Jun 4, 2012 8:17 AM   in reply to simonmlewis

    Select Transform just selects the whole thing.  I want to select part of the photo with a square or circle, and drag the edge out to adjust the shape I want to cut.

    Don't understand that. You've drawn your oval with the elliptical marquee tool? If your selection is active, transform selection should only give you handles on the selection itself:


    Screen Shot 2012-06-04 at 11.15.59 AM.png


    Screen Shot 2012-06-04 at 11.16.17 AM.png

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