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3.3 Selections

Hi, welcome back. In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to make a selection and how to modify it. Unlike PhotoShop, Manga Studio doesn't have a separate lasso and marquee tool. It groups them together. So to select the marquee tool, you press m on your keyboard or you click on this icon in your toolbar. Once we've selected that, you can see we have a few different sub tools. So at the moment we're on rectangle marquee and that creates this rectangular shape. We can also choose ellipse or lasso. We can choose polygon marquee, which is sort of like the lasso, but you're making anchor points and creating sort of sharp edges like that. Or we can use a selection pen, so wherever I draw goes green and when I release it becomes a selection. You can also have the clear selection pen. So once you've already got a selection on your canvas, you can draw and everywhere that I draw that's gone green deselects from our existing selection. So if I just go back to the rectangle marquee for the time being, I'll show you that we have a few different tool properties to choose from as well. So, every time I click and drag on our canvas, it creates a new selection. And that's because our default behavior is set to create new. And that is defined by this icon here. You can also have an additive selection, so if I click on the icon next to that, every time I click, it creates an additional selection there. We also have the opposite, so anywhere I click and drag, I can take away from our selection. And we can also create an intersection. So if I deselect, I've got intersection selected there. If I create a rectangle, and now create another rectangle, the space were they intersect becomes a new selection. We can also select an aspect type. So if you click on the tick box there, and expand to view these measurements. If we set it a percentage, and we have at the moment our width set to one and our height set to one, you'll always create a square, because our aspect type is set to one by one. We can also set it to a specific pixel size. So at the moment we're set to 100 pixels by 100, and that creates a perfect 100 by 100 square. Lastly, we can change the anti-aliasing. At the moment, we're set on no anti-aliasing, but if you move it all the way up to the strongest anti-aliasing, we'll have a few more pixels added and you'll have a much softer line. You may also have noticed that every time I create a selection, this dialog box appears at the bottom. And this is how you modify your selection. So, once I've selected something like that, I can click this one to deselect. I can click this one to invert our selected area. So at the moment, we have this rectangle selected. But if I click on this, we have everything but the rectangle. I can also expand the selected area. So, once I click on that this dialog box comes up. I can set an expansion width, click on OK, and that expands by your selected amount. I can also shrink the selected area. So, I've put in 10 pixels here. Press OK and our selection shrinks. If I draw in our selection, I'll show you what the next icon does. And that clears everything that we've got in our selection. Like that. So it deletes everything in our selection. If I just draw on our canvas and make a selection over the top. I'll show you that this one clears everything that isn't in our selection. You can also modify anything that isn't selected by clicking on this icon. So you can rotate and you can expand. You can also fill with your foreground color or you can add some manga screen time. Another way of making selections is using the Magic Wand tool. So if I select the Magic Wand tool, which is directly beneath our marquee tool, you can see we have the same options here in our Tool Properties and we have a few different Sub Tools to choose from. So at the moment we have refer edit layer only to selections. So what that means is that we'll only use our selected layer to make our selections. So if I selected at the moment the white, it will select just the white and not our red. But if I create a new layer, draw a line on that, go back to our magic wand and go to refer other layers, you'll see that it takes into account all of our layers. And won't select any of this red. So our tool properties are pretty much exactly the same as our marquee tools. So we've got our different ways of selecting there. If I just delete these layers and show you a few of the features that are different and that could potentially save you a bit of time. So if I go to the pencil tool, I'll zoom in. I'll draw something like that for example. And go back to our magic wand tool. So, at the moment I have closed gap turned on. So when that's ticked, sometimes you have line work that has a gap. So when that's ticked, you can set the strength. So I'll go right to the very top strength, and in Photoshop if you were to click on this white area here, you'd select everything because you have an open gap. But that computes the open gaps, because we've set it to close the gap. and you can see only select there. And that's really useful if you're trying to color in line work and you've got a few gaps but you don't have to go through cleaning up all of these. Another thing you can do is set the area scalings to on. So if you take area scaling You then have a number that you can change. So I'll create a layer underneath and show you what that does exactly. So I've set area scaling to 10, and I'm on my line work layer. And I've selected, and you can see If I zoom in just a little bit, actually our selection has overshot the white and gone a little bit into our line and that's because we've turned on area scaling. And that's going a little bit too big at the moment. So I'll show you if I turn that down to about four and select again, that eats into our line and if I go underneath, choose a different color, I can fill that in like that. And that's handy because you won't have any white edges where your line work finishes, essentially your color's going very slightly underneath your line. And that will give you a much neater finish. In the next lesson, I'll show you how to use the pen, pencil, and brush tools.

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