The Marquee toot

You can use the Marquee tool to create basic rectangular or elliptical selections on the page. It's actually very similar to the Shape tool (which I discuss in Chapter 8), with the exception that you aren't automatically committed to a filled-in or outlined shape. (See Figure 9-1.)

To get started, either click the Marquee tool button on the Tools palette or ,f press M. In addition, you can cycle between the rectangular and elliptical tool by either pressing and holding the Marquee tool button and selecting from the drop-down list that appears or by pressing the M key again.

If the default settings aren't to your liking, you can always change them by altering the tool options as follows;

1. If it isn't already visible, open the Tool Options palette by choosing Window^ Tool Options or by pressing F3 on your keyboard.

The Tool Options palette appears, as shown in Figure 9-2. Manga Studio EX has a few additional options on its Options palette that the Debut version doesn't offer, so 1 point those out later in this list.

Figure 9-1: You can create all kinds of rectangular and elliptical selections with the Marquee tool.

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The Marquee Tool Options palette.

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2. Choose the marquee shape (rectangular or elliptical) you want to work with by clicking its respective icon.

3. Choose the way you want to create selections by clicking oue of the Selection Type buttons.

If you're looking to create multiple selections at once, or perhaps you want to edit an existing selection, you can alter how the Marquee tool creates them, as shown in Figure 9-3. You have four options to choose from.

• New Selection: Creates a new selection each time you use it. Any previous selections are removed.

• Add Selection: Adds new selections to the page, while retaining any previous selections. Selections that overlap are merged into one larger selection.

• Subtract Selection: Removes any intersecting area between the current and previous selection on the page.

• Multiply Selection: Any selections that are inside the new selection you're creating remains on the page, while selections residing outside the new selection are removed from the page.

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4. (EX only) If you want to grow or shrink the selection after it's created, click the Expand/Reduce Area check box and enter a value between -1.0 mm and 1.0 mm in Its corresponding text box. The Normal Selection bounding type does not have this option.

5. (EX only) Select the Marquee tool's bounding type by clicking the corresponding icon.

When you set the bounding type, what you're doing is setting how the Marquee tool reacts when a shape is included within a selection. There are four options you can choose from, each of which are illustrated in Figure 9-4.

* Normal Selection (default): Takes up the entire area created by the Marquee tool.

* Shrink Selection: Shrinks to fit the enclosed shape.

* Inside Selection: Shrinks to the negative space (that is, the transparent area) within the enclosed shape. The drawing lines that create the shape are ignored.

* Shape Selection: Selects the drawing lines used to create the shape. Any negative space (anything that isn't a line, tone, or pattern) on the layer is ignored..

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You can set how the Marquee tool reacts to a shape with the Bounding Type option (shading added to show selection area).

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You can set how the Marquee tool reacts to a shape with the Bounding Type option (shading added to show selection area).

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6. I! you want to force the selection to keep a specific aspect ratio, click the Keep Aspect Ratio check box and enter values between 0.1 and 20.0 in the Height and Width text boxes.

This option, if you want to use it, locks the shape you create to a specific height-to-width ratio, no matter how large or small you draw the shape, as shown in Figure 9-5. If you want to create a perfect square or circle, all you need to do is enter the same value (this can be any number in the range) in the height and width text boxes.

7. Click the Start From Center check box if you want to draw the selection from the middle point of the shape outwards.

By default, the Marquee tool creates a selection from corner point to corner point (which I explain a bit further in the paragraph following this list). This option lets you create the selection from the middle and outwards, which can be useful during those times when you have a specific place in mind that you'd like to start the selection from.

8. If you want to rotate the selection after it's created, click the Rotate After Size is Decided check box.

Optionally, you can limit the shape rotation to 45-degree increments by clicking the Lock at 45 Degrees check box.

Using the Marquee tool all comes down to clicking and dragging. Specifically, you click the starting point for your selection and drag along the page until the selection is at the size you want. Depending on what you chose in the Tool Options palette, the starting point is either the center point of the selection or a comer point. (Yeah, 1 know — ellipses don't have corners, but the bounding box used to size the ellipse does.) Check out Figure 9-6 to see an example.

Figure 9-5: Setting the Aspect Ratio locks the Marquee tool to a specific shape.

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Figure 9-5: Setting the Aspect Ratio locks the Marquee tool to a specific shape.

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Simply click and drag the Marquee tool to create selections on the page.

Figure 9-6:

Simply click and drag the Marquee tool to create selections on the page.

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