|Let's now see how to
select multiple regions, adding and even subtracting to the current
Let's say we have a graphic containing several colored areas. Perhaps
as simple as this one:
Essentially a white background, and a few blue boxes (rectangles). Some
f the boxes are overlapping (3 in the mouth region below), some are
disjoint and not connected to others. There could even be other colors
present, other shapes perhaps. You now want to select the eyes and the
As in prior lessons, you could use the magic wand tool. Click it.
Click the first shape, such as the right eye.
The problem is that if you then click the other eye, the original
selection is lost, and replaced with the new eye being selected, alone.
So here's the trick to make sure that the current (prior eye) selection
is not lost, and you end up adding the newly selected shape to the
existing selection: press and hold the SHIFT key and then click the new
Now you can see clearly both eyes selected, as indicated by the
marching ants along the edges of the selections.
It takes now just one more click, again with SHIFT key down, clicking
on the mouth region to add it to the selection as well.
What could you do with this combined selection? Lots of things. You
could pick it up into a custom brush, so as to be able to stamp down
the happy face in many other places, at different colors, sizes, angles
etc...(see prior lessons)
Or, you could of course use the selection to paint in them, or apply
filters for special effects. You will even find a few special FX
options right in the Alpha menu:
Those can add great depth effects. Here's an example with the Drop
- Alpha glow...
- Drop shadow...
- Emboss by alpha...
(Click image to enlarge)