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Design 101: Rectangular Marquee Tool

Design 101: Rectangular Marquee Tool

Using the rectangular marquee tool to select and move objects within Photoshop

Hi guys =)

Today I am going to show you how to use the Rectangular Marquee Tool in Photoshop for copying items to other windows within Photoshop.

In Photoshop CS6 the Rectangular Marquee tool creates rectangular, including square, selections.
Use this tool when you want to zero in on an image, plucking it out of a larger background to provide a better focal point.

I use it mostly for plucking out sections to use in other projects. =)

This is my first video for the website… hope I didn’t miss anything. Please let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

Follow these steps to make a selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool:

  • Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools panel. You can also use the keyboard shortcut — press the M key.
  •  Click and drag from one corner of the area that you want to select to the opposite corner.
    While you drag, the selection marquee appears. The marquee follows the movement of your mouse cursor (a crosshair or plus sign icon).
  • Release your mouse button.

You now have a full-fledged rectangular selection.

Using the rectangular marquee tool to select and move objects within Photoshop

  • Now select copy, located under the EDIT tab. Or use the shortcut; hold the CTRL button in and press the C key.
  • 5. Now go to the window where your project is and paste the selection and drag it to where you need it. You can also nudge the selection using the arrow keyboard keys. You can also paste by holding the CTRL button in and pressing on the V key.

You can play around with the tape and alter the size using ‘Free transform’, located under the EDIT tab. CTRL + T also works. Holding in the shift key while resizing helps to maintain the proportions. 

Enjoy and please let me know if it has been helpful!

xoxo Micheile

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