Additional functions

The Selection tools aren't the only way to create selections on the page. The Selection menu (located on the main menu), contains a few additional functions that you can use to quickly make or remove selections.

You can access each of these functions by clicking the Selection menu. Keyboard commands (if applicable) are noted in parentheses.

V Selection1 ^Select All (Ctrl+A, 36+A on the Mac): A quick way to select the entire page at once. I personally like to use this when I want to quickly erase a drawing or layout that I'm not happy with at all.

f* Selection1 ¡ Clear Selection (Ctrl+D, cffi+D on the Mac): This removes all selections on the page at once.

is Selections Invert Selection (Ctrl+Shift+I, §g+Shift+I on the Mac): This function reverses what is selected on the page, so the opposite is now the selected region.

i** Selection"t Expand Selection, SelectionCReduce Selection: These are actually two separate functions, but because they work the same way, I'm lumping the explanation of how they work into this one bullet:

You can use both functions to resize selections on the page. Unlike the Expand/Reduce Area option for the various Selection tools (which automatically resizes the selection after it's created), you can use these functions to affect all the selections you may have on the page at once.

After you select one of the functions from the Selection menu, the respective dialog box appears. (See Figure 9-13.) Follow these steps to adjust the options in the Expand Selection or Reduce Selection dialog box:

1. Select the unit of measurement you want to resize (by pixels or millimeters) from the Units drop-down list.

2. Enter the amount you want to resize the selection by (0.1 mm to 5.0 mm or 1 to I IS pixels) in the Width text box.

3. If you want the corners of the selection altered (if applicable), click the type of corner you want (square, diagonal, or rounded).

4. Click OK when you're done.

is Selection1 ' Select By Color: While 1 mention earlier that you can use the Magic Wand to select line art, this function is probably a bit easier to use (and it's definitely quicker) when you want to select the artwork of a particular color all at once.

When you choose this command, the Select by Color dialog box appears (shown in Figure 9-14). Follow these steps to adjust the options in the Select by Color dialog box:

1. Click the type of selection you want to create (new, add, subtract, or multiply).

Check out "The Marquee tool" section, earlier in this chapter, for explanations on the various Selection Types you can use.

2. Click the color you wish to select (Black, White, or Transparent).

By default, the foreground and background colors are black and white, but if you've changed the Display Color of the layer (located on the Layer Properties palette) from Grayscale to Color (see Chapter 6), you're going to see what you selected for the foreground (and/or background if you are on a black-and-white layer) color.

3. Click OK when you're done.

Figure 9-13:

The Expand and Reduce Selection functions both use the same type of dialog box.

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Figure 9-13:

The Expand and Reduce Selection functions both use the same type of dialog box.

For 8-bit layers, the dialog box is set up differently. Instead of choosing from three color boxes, you set the color's opacity (adjusted by clicking and dragging the triangle above the bar or by entering a value between 0% and 100% in its numeric field) and threshold level (by entering a value between 0% and 100% in its numeric field).

Figure 9-14:

You can select all the artwork in the color of your choosing at once with the Select by Color function.

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\/ou'Ve Created a Selection Now What)

Well, the easy part's done.

Fortunately, the next step isn't all that difficult either. The important part is that the area you want to work with is now sectioned off from the rest of the page. So whether it's filling in an area, removing it, or transforming it, you can do so without worrying about ruining the rest of your art.

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