Photoshop Tutorial: Try out simple selection tools

Selection tools are fundamental in Photoshop, enabling you to isolate specific parts of an image for manipulation. These tools allow you to enhance details, remove unwanted elements, or make creative modifications. In this tutorial, you’ll explore the basics of simple selection tools and practice their application in Photoshop.

Essential Selection Tools

  1. Rectangular Marquee Tool: Creates rectangular selections by dragging your mouse over the desired area. Perfect for selecting objects with defined edges.
  2. Elliptical Marquee Tool: Similar to the Rectangular Marquee Tool, but creates elliptical selections. Ideal for objects with rounded or oval shapes.
  3. Lasso Tool: Allows you to draw freehand selections, making it handy for irregular or complex shapes.
  4. Polygonal Lasso Tool: Creates selections based on a series of interconnected line segments, suitable for objects with sharp corners.
  5. Magnetic Lasso Tool: Automatically snaps to object edges, providing precision for selecting complex shapes.

Practice Selections

  1. Open an image: Launch Adobe Photoshop and open an image containing objects you want to practice selecting.
  2. Rectangular Marquee Tool: Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool from the Tools panel. Drag your mouse over the object you want to select.
  3. Elliptical Marquee Tool: Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool and draw an oval selection around an object with rounded edges.
  4. Lasso Tool: Select the Lasso Tool and manually draw around an object with an irregular shape or complex edges.
  5. Polygonal Lasso Tool: Click and drag to add points along the edge of an object with sharp corners. The tool automatically connects the points.
  6. Magnetic Lasso Tool: Hover the tool over the edge of an object, and it will automatically snap to the edge, allowing you to create a precise selection with ease.

Refine Selections

  1. Add to Selection: Hold down the Shift key while dragging the selection tool to add more areas to the existing selection.
  2. Subtract from Selection: Hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key while dragging the selection tool to remove areas from the selection.
  3. Feather: Adjust the Feather slider in the options bar to create a softer edge around the selection.
  4. Select and Mask: Access the Select and Mask workspace by clicking on the “Refine Edge” button in the options bar. This workspace provides advanced refinement tools for creating precise selections.
  5. Refine Edge Brush: Use the Refine Edge Brush to manually adjust the selection edges, adding or removing pixels for a more refined selection.


Mastering selection tools is crucial for effective image editing. With practice and experimentation, you’ll gain proficiency in isolating objects, making precise edits, and enhancing your creative projects in Photoshop.