Class Info

  • Date: April 12, 2022
  • Meeting Info: Online


Selections and Brushes

Today, we will discuss Photoshop selection tools. We will explore brushes, types, and uses. 

Make selections,
clipping masks and use various brushes


What you can expect to learn

  • Making Selections
    • Geometric Selections
      • Marquee Tools – Elliptical. Single Row and Single Column
    • Freehand Selections
      • Lasso Tools – Polygonal, Magnetic
    • Color Based Selections
      • Magic Wand Tool
        • Tolerance
      • Quick Selection Tool
  • Transformation of Selections
    • Rotating, Duplicating, Moving and changing Pixels
    • Select Inverse
  • Creating an Adjustment Layer
  • Brushes
    • Brush Panel and Presets
    • Loading New Brushes
    • Soft Brush vs. Hard Brush
    • Changing Brush Size
    • Pressure Sensitive Tablet


Each week we will review homework assignments from the previous class. Students will be asked to discuss the Disney Poster Midterm Project.


Lab assignments are done during class time.

  1. Follow the demonstration and select coins, select inverse, and make adjustments to color. 
  2. Use the “Pitch in” File to create a new type layer. Move the type and resize to fit the width of the bench. Change type color by sampling from the image.
  3. Create your own tie design from the provided file.
  4. Use various size brushes. 
  5. Use various hard to soft brushes
  6. Use various colors
  7. You may change the background colors using selection techniques from class


Each week you will need to respond to two questions posted. This is a requirement for the participation part of your grade.

Homework Due Next Class: 

All work should be submitted by 5:00 pm the day before class.

Each file should be saved according to the following naming convention. i.e., 09_LastName.psd (Photoshop).

  • Use the vegetable file provided. Separate each item by using a selection tool and placing it on a layer by itself. Move and duplicate the vegetables as you wish. Use the transformation tools to alter vegetables into a person. See samples from class.


Tolerance, Marquee Tool, Lasso Tools, Quick Selection Tools, Magic Wand, Brush Attributes