1. Select File > Open.
  2. Select Rectangular Marquee Tool or Elliptical Marquee Tool from the toolbar.
  3. Set the options (i.e. style, feather) you want in the Tool Options Bar.
  4. Click and drag the mouse over the part of the image that you want to select.
  5. If you want to fill this selection with some color then select the foreground color. Fill this color by pressing “Alt + Backspace” or choose bucket tool from the toolbar.
  6. For giving stroke, select Edit > Stroke. A dialogue box will appear; you can set stroke width, color, location (inside, center, outside) and opacity of your stroke in the dialogue box.
  7. Now, if you want to make a single column or row of 1pixel then select Single Row or Single Column Marquee Tool and click on the image.
  8. Choose color from the foreground color. Fill color using bucket tool from the toolbar or press “Alt+Backspace”.

Some Shortcuts:
  • For deselecting, press “Ctrl + D”.
  • Press Shift+Drag for adding some area to your current selection.
  • Alt+Shift+Drag: To select only overlap (intersected) area of your current selection with new selection area.

Helpful Website Designing Photoshop Marquee Tool Tips
  • If you hold down Alt as you drag a new selection, the selection will draw outward from that point, i.e. the initial click will be the center of your selection.
  • You can add the selected areas by holding the shift key and you can subtract the area by holding down the ALT key.
  • How to make rounded corner rectangle or square?
    1) Draw rectangle or square by selecting rectangular marquee tool from the toolbar.
    2) Select Modify > Smooth.
    3) Mention your “Sample Radius” in the dialogue box.

Marquee Tool options given in the Tool Options Bar:

When you select any marquee tool, related tool options appear in the Tool Options bar.These options are described below:

  1. Selections:
    • New selection: For making new selections.
    • Add to selection: Add a part to the selection.
    • Subtract from selection: This is used for removing a part from the selection.
    • Intersect with selection: Make a selection that intersect your first selection then only the areas that are intersecting will remain selected. You can also do this by pressing " Alt+Shift+Drag".

  2. Feather: This is used for giving a blurry effect. This effect depends upon the number you entered.

  3. Anti-aliased: Smoothes the jagged edges. Turning off this option produces a hard edges. This option is only available for Elliptical Marquee Tool.

  4. Style: Types of style
    • Normal: This allows you to create selections as required by you.
    • Fixed aspect ratio: Set a height-to-width ratio. If you want to make square or perfect circle then use this option.
    • Fixed size: With one click, your selection will be formed in the size you mentioned here.

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