Questions tagged [selections]

Questions about selecting parts of a file or image, so those parts can be changed or transformed while leaving the nonselected parts intact.

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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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GIMP: How to move a selection in a layer?

I'm having a weird behavior when trying to move a selected rectangle or polygon in a layer. I do the next: 1. Select layer. I want to move the shine that belongs to the brillos y manchas layer: 2. ...
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Inkscape 0.91: Scaling several objects while keeping their original location

This is something I can do with Illustrator, and that I would like to reproduce with Inkscape 0.91: I want to scale up several identical objects and I want these objects to remain exactly at the same ...
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Photoshop: Move selection without moving pixels

How do you move the selection in photoshop (marching ants) without moveing any part(pixels) of the selected layer?
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Techniques for cutting out hair accurately

I use the Pen Tool for 90% of the situations where I need to cut someone or something from a photo but sometimes it gets tricky, especially when it comes to hair. Let's take the following image for ...
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How to edit existing rectangle selection in GIMP?

I have a rectangle selection. As long as I stay on the rectangle selection tool I can click in the rectangle to change the size. If I switch to another tool (e.g. move tool) and then come back to ...
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Why can't I use the Delete key to delete in Photoshop CS6?

The previous version of Photoshop I used was CS4 and whenever I selected a portion of an image with the magic wand and hit Delete, it simply deleted that portion of the image (rendering it transparent)...
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Why are my handles and anchor point missing in AI?

I'm quite new to using illustrator. My problem is: I'm missing the anchor point. Usually when you use the direct selection tool and click an object, it should show the anchor points and handles. I ...
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How to quickly set GIMP selection aspect ratio to that of the image?

If I don't know the aspect ratio of an image, what is the most efficient method to set the selection aspect ratio to that of the image? The fastest I've found (not fast at all) is to look at the ...
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In Inkscape, how can I easily select multiple objects that are obscured by other objects?

I have object 1 which obscures object 2 which obscures object 3 which obscures object 4. Object 1   Object 2     Object 3       Object 4 I know I ...
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How to batch select and move multiple artboards in Sketch

I have a problem moving the selected artboards: only the first one in the batch moves while the selection had shown all N artboards selected (first and last artboards having the white small squares ...
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How do I bulk-select consecutive target layers in the Layers panel in Illustrator?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 In most UIs, selecting item 2 and shift+clicking on item 6 would select the following: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 but in Illustrator when you click on the target icon in the Layers panel to ...
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Illustrator isn't allowing me to select part of a graphic

I'm trying to edit a text based image in Illustrator CC but parts of the text are not allowing me to edit or even select them. even clicking Select All doesn't work. has anyone had this problem? any ...
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How to send selection to a NEW layer in Inkscape

I find that often I will duplicate a set of objects or paths then send them to a new layer. However, in the drop-down menu and the layer menu for the selection, there are only options to move the ...
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How can I select the convex hull of an existing selection?

I'm trying to remove blue skies with clouds quickly from many images. I've used gimp's Color Selection Tool, which selects the sky but not the clouds. Since all clouds are in the sky, if I could ...
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How to group objects from Illustrator Layer menu?

How do you select and group multiple layers swiftly in Illustrator? Obviously you can tick them one by one and group after that but I am looking way for grouping layers selected between two shift + ...
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“Select by color” and “draw path from selection” in Inkscape?

I imported an image to Inkscape. Now I'd like to select all those regions that have the same (or to a certain degree similar) color. From this selection I'd like to draw a path (to which I can add a ...
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Select or delete multiple layers at once - Inkscape

The title is pretty much self-explanatory. How do you select and or delete multiple layers at once in Inkscape? I've tried holding CTRL and SHIFT while selecting layers, but to no avail. For some ...
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Selecting pixels by specification in Photoshop

I use Photoshop for carpet designing. My typical artwork is 1800 × 2400 pixels with 8 or 10 colors. Each pixel's position and color is important. The weaving macine which outputs the carpet can'...
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Photoshop: Is there any analog of the GIMP's Rect Select Tool "AUTO SHRINK" feature?

GIMP has a very useful feature for the Rect Select Tool: "Auto Shrink". It shrinks the rectangular selection to the rectangle of a smallest size which still contains all NON-TRANSPARENT PIXELS of the ...
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Smoothing edges from jagged to a beautiful curve

I've had to scan a logo that was printed by a very low-DPI printer. This printer messed up all the curves in the picture and created some very jagged edges that are quite visible when the logo is big (...
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Select only one side of a text frame in InDesign CS6

I am designing a fillable form in InDesign CS6 (Mac) and want to add a border to only the bottom of certain text frames. My question is: how do I select only one side of a text frame?
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Image project with multiple selections, export to separate files

For a hobby gamedev project I'm looking for a way to automate the following workflow, can be in any photo/image editing tool. load a high resolution image make multiple selections give each selection ...
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Copying a selection without adding a new layer in Krita

I want to duplicate a selection area in Krita and move it to anywhere I wish. The problem is, I can't do this simple manipulation because it creates an additional layer each time copied and pasted, ...
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In GIMP is there a way to make selection start from the canvas border?

In GIMP when I want to crop a rectangular image down to a square there's something frustrating about how the Rectangle Select Tool behaves. Even though I can constrain the proportions of the selection ...
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Having CTRL+A also select fully transparent pixels in Photoshop

When working with an image in photoshop which has a transparent background, pressing CTRL + A to select all, then CTRL + C to copy all, the selection only includes pixels that aren't fully transparent....
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I cannot see the bounding box in Illustrator

I am quite inexperienced in using adobe illustrator. Usually, when I select something it shows a bounding box around it but for some reason, it doesn't have it. I already tried Ctrl + H to show the ...
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How to move guides with artboard?

If I have multiple artboards and I want to move a board, how can I select both the board and it's guides and move them at the same time? Currently I can move the board with its content, but can't ...
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Photoshop: align transform box with an selection area

In Photoshop, if I have an existing rectangular selection area that is at an angle, can I align the transform box to its sides? I tried "Transform selection" but it transforms the selection ...
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How do I contract a selection of all pixels in Photoshop?

I have a series of images with a 1px border included in the picture. I need to get rid of that border. The logical route seemed to be Select > All and then Select > Modify > Contract... by 1 ...
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Inkscape: How to exclude multiple object from selection

I can't realize how to exclude multiple object from selection (using selection rectangle). Example: I have a table where are borders (long lines - paths) and some text (every character is single path ...
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How to eliminate the white highlights?

How do I tone down the extreme white that shows up along the side of his neck, his ear, and on his knuckles? Adjusting the contrast doesn't seem to help. EDIT: (Some background information on what I'...
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How can I stop GIMP's Fuzzy Select tool from over-selecting?

I don't have a good way to explain this just using words, so here's a partial screenshot: Even when I set the threshold to 0, Fuzzy Select is grabbing a disproportionately large portion of an image. ...
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In Gimp, how to resize a Selection after it's been used?

The question is probably not clear on one line! Here some details: made a circular selection (Ellipse Select Tool) to get a perfect circle just after, using the mouse, resized that selection by ...
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How to delete a selection with straight edges in Photoshop

I have an issue deleting selected area in Photoshop. I use pen tool -> make a selection -> set 0px feather, +anti-alias -> And I have a result like below: Am I missing something to get straight and ...
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Is there a way, while dragging, to "snap" to the nearest guide?

I'm copy, paste and dragging some group of elements. While I'm dragging, I'd like to "snap" to the nearest guide I've set in the workspace. Else, I need to zoom and move the key arrow to reach ...
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Select object under object in Inkscape

I want to be able to select objects under other objects in Inkscape. After watching a few tutorials I noticed that designers achieve this by clicking at the place where the object is under another ...
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When clicking on one of the active (selected) objects in Illustrator, its bounding box gets bolder. Why?

Why is it that when you click on one of the selected objects in Illustrator while using the Selection Tool, it has a bolder bounding box? What is this behavior called?
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Inverse crop in GIMP

I have an image that has blocks of useful content and blocks of useless content. I would like to remove the blocks of useless content without copy/pasting all of the useful content into another image. ...
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Changing multiple text layers

Is there any way for me to change the contents of multiple text layers that have the same text at the same time rather than doing each one individually in Photoshop?
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Select an object in Inkscape

Referring to this svg: There are 5 squiggles. Supposed I wanted to select one of them and the copy and paste it elsewhere. How do I do this? I've ungrouped it all but that doesn't seem to do anything.
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Can I choose multiple layers in Photoshop in the same manner as selecting multiple objects in MS Word?

Selecting multiple objects in MS Word is very easy. You just drag along the page and all the objects such as pictures are automatically selected. Is there the same way in Photoshop?
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Limiting the Selection by Color to a Specific Area of an Image in Gimp

On this image, I'm trying to make the name in black letters transperent I have this image in Gimp where I need to select a specific color (namely the name circled in blue) to make transparent; ...
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How do I make Inkscape's selection tool (F1) more precise?

When I click on something, it selects, I believe, the largest object in a given radius from the click offset, not the path I've actually clicked on. Is there a way to increase the precision? Zooming ...
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Why can't I fill a selection with color using GIMP?

I am quite new to GIMP. I created some text and set it along a path. I created a selection with the same shape as my text. If I try to fill this selection with a color (Cmd. or Cmd,) GIMP appears to ...
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Selectively apply feather in Select and Mask

I’ve never been much of a Photoshop wizard (InDesign is my domain), but I do edit images to be used things I typeset. This frequently includes removing backgrounds from images to get sharper ...
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How to change illustrator to not select objects based on centroid

Many times I make a box around a collection of elements and want to select all the elements within that containing box, but not the box itself. If my selection includes the center of the containing ...
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Photoshop CC: Make selection inside grid cell

I'm using Photoshop's built in grid feature and I'd like to know if there's a quick way to create a selection that will expand to be the dimensions of any given grid cell. In Aseprite there's a ...
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Scripting Photoshop: path has too many points to be converted to selection?

I am working with some large tiff files with fairly complex clipping paths, and have written a script to convert the paths to a selection, invert that selection and delete pixels in order to ...
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Fill selection holes (selecting the convex hull) in Photoshop

How can I select the convex hull of an existing selection in Photoshop. In other words, how does one fill the holes in a selection in Photoshop? Consider a donut shape. You use the wand to create a ...

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