In this tutorial I thought I would demonstrate how
to use the selection tool.
I will be using
version PSP X 6 ... it has some new cool selection features that come in handy
with your projects.
All versions of
PSP's main selection tool works the same.. just the two new
that are in
versions X 5 & X 6 and probably in X 7 , are different... I haven't
checked X7 out yet
I've supplied the
two tubes I used for the demonstrations . They're for personal use
only.. shared from groups.
Be sure and read what I put on the captures too.. it explains more
what I was doing.)
#1. Open the tube you're going to use,
Shift + D to duplicate, close the original. You can use any graphic
but thought you might want to use the same tubes I
#2. Below I'm using the circle selection.
Start in the center of the eye and pull outwards till you come to
the edges of the eye.
if you make the selection too big right click out
side of the selection, the selection disappears and you start again.
you right click on the inside of the selection you
can hold the mouse down and move the selection..
which is NEW to PSP.. I love that.. it's
What I was wanting to do is recolor the cat.. but
didn't want the eyes re-colored.
So I selected the eyes/ inverted the selection..
then used the colorize tool (Shift + L)
( Keyboard shortcuts is really a
great thing to learn... it makes steps easier & quicker.)
#3. Here is the first way I make a frame...
lets do a circle one..
Draw out your circle selection, using your
selection tool/ circle
starting in the center of your canvas, pull
outward. Once you have your round selection
fill the selection with a color or pattern.
While its still selected go to
However wide you want your frame... contract it
that many pixels..
I choose 24 pixels, now click delete on the
Ctrl + D to un select. You can now add shadow,
etc on it. Ok that was first way to make a frame.
(Here is the 2nd way to make a frame and I'm sure
there are more ways.. this is just the two I use most often.)
#4. Before you start drawing your circle
selections.. so that your circle is perfectly centered...
Add a new layer, using the round paint
brush.. size 16 brush. While your on the dot layer go to
objects/align/center in canvas to center that dot.
Add a new layer on top of the dot
layer, Using your circle selection tool...click on the dot hold and
drag out to draw your
circle selection. The dot just helps with
#5. Now for the inner circle. hold down
your Ctrl key on the keyboard and position your cursor in the middle
of your selection or on the dot.. pull out the
circle stopping short of the first circle selection, let go of
buttons.. you should have two
selection lines when done like below.
Fill the space between the two circles ( with
color or pattern ) to make the frame.. that's it..
Sample of some frames.. on the brown one I didn't
start the second circle exactly in the center.. kind of to the side.
I applied bevels and 3d drop shadows on them too.
#6. Below is a way of selecting something
that is too close to another image or attached to it...like the head
of the can.
Use the Freehand selection tool/Point to Point.
You click and drag the selection line around what areas you want.
#7. I set the smoothing to 6 below on the
tool options bar.. the higher the number the more it smoothes or
rounds the lines you draw.
This technique come in handy when you have a bunch
of pngs on a page all together and are too close to use the
setting it on point to point (usually smoothing
set to 0 ) you click and drag the selection point to point around
#8. Below is how your select certain areas
within an object using your magic wand selection tool
I wanted to select the cats stripes to change
their color.. use the magic wand, set to ADD... tolerance to 17 in
might have to change the tolerance depending
on the image your working on. The lower the tolerance number the
less colors the wand picks up.. with in that color
range, the higher the tolerance number the more colors it picks up.
When I set the tolerance to 20 it was selecting
the tan part of the cat outside of the stripes area, which I didn't
Also where I have the arrow pointing clicking once
didn't get all of the stripe....it didn't pick up the darker
sometimes you have to click more than once to
select the area your wanting to select.
How to take off background color and ' tube' an
In other words take the white off and leave the
image with a transparent bkg..
#9. First you need to go to the layer
palette and right click on the background layer and promote
if its a flattened image, like a jpg
Set the magic wand tool to ADD, Contiguous checked
and Feather on 2
Figure out which tolerance setting you need on
your magic wand tool, every image is different
Click on the white.. if it selects part of
the cat.. then you'd
have to adjust the tolerance number. Keep tweaking
the number ,
when its selected all the white and none of the
cat areas, that's the right tolerance.
Go to Selections/ INVERT DELETE on the
#10. Your new tube should look like below..
Ctrl + D to select none. Save as a PNG
I always check my new tube by putting a 3D drop
shadow on it.. if it don't look smooth all the way around..
I Ctrl + Z several times and undo it all and
either reset the tolerance or bump
the feather up to 3.. try again then check
with the shadow..
When you save your new tube.. don't forget to save
it WITHOUT the drop shadow..
These are the new selection tools that are offered
in PSP X 6.. not sure if they are in X5
I supplied this wolf tube in your supplies zip..
Open it Shift + D to duplicate and close original
#11. If you wanted to select the wolf
laying on the rocks and nothing more.. This is how I'd do it
This was new to me.. so I experimented a lil and
come up with this.
Use the new Auto Selection tool first. Click and
hold down mouse,
drag over wolfs back over to where the rocks end.
Obviously we want the wolfs head selected too..
but the auto selection wont get that good, so change to
the smart selection brush now. Make sure your set
to ADD mode on the tools option bar.
Click on the wolf parts that's not selected..
Neck, face, ears.. with multiple clicking you
will have the rest of the wolf selected... INVERT
the selection and CUT/delete.
in the beginning of this you could of set your
feather to 2 or 3.. to soften the edges.. i didn't do this though
You should end up with this below.. just the Wolf
and rocks selected.
These are but a few ways to get selections done..
I hope this helped clearing some things up for you..
till next time