Expanding a selection in Photoshop

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  1. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    I'm a relative newbie with Photoshop. This evening I was trying make a color/black & white photo. When I selected the flower with the magentic lasso... I wanted to expand the outline in some areas but was unsuccessful in finding a way to do that. Can anyone tell me the tool and/or keyboard command that would allow me to ammend the selection? Helpful advice always greatly appreciated :eek:
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    You could try:

    Grow

    Or use SHIFT + lasso

    Or switch to Quick Mask
     
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    I'd use the polygonal lasso tool over the magnetic one, but you can expand the selection area by holding down shift and selecting what you want to add to it. You can also decrease the selection area by holding down the option key.
     
  5. Kamera RAWr thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have CS3.
     
  6. Kamera RAWr thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't that expand the entire selection? I am only trying to expand it at certain points so there is a clean line between the B&W and the color. I don't want the background color connected the object.
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yeah, I'd switch to Quick Mask.
     
  8. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    several options, the two i like are:

    press q to go to quick mask, grab a brush and paint with white to add to the selection, black to subtract

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    grab the lasso tool and hold the shift key to add to the selection, option key to subtract
     
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    almost forgot...

    and don't be shy about zooming in to touch up your selection
     
  10. Kamera RAWr thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you all for all the helpful suggestions. I'm getting closer to my vision for the photograph :D
     

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