Learn how to resize a selection in Photoshop

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How to resize a selection in photoshop

When working with images in Photoshop, you may often need to resize a specific portion or selection of an image. Resizing a selection can help you make precise adjustments to achieve the desired result.

Fortunately, Photoshop provides an easy and straightforward process for resizing selections. By following a few simple steps, you can quickly resize the selected area without affecting the rest of the image.

To resize a selection in Photoshop, start by making the desired selection using a selection tool such as the Marquee Tool or the Lasso Tool. Once you have the selection, go to the “Edit” menu and choose “Transform” followed by “Scale.”

With the transform controls visible around the selection, you can now adjust its size. To maintain the aspect ratio of the selection, hold down the Shift key while dragging any of the corner handles. If you want to freely resize the selection without constraint, you can simply drag any of the corner handles without holding down the Shift key.

After you have resized the selection to your liking, press the Enter key or click the checkmark icon in the options bar to apply the changes. The selection will now be resized, allowing you to continue working on it or apply any further adjustments as needed.

Step 1: Open Photoshop and select the desired image

Before you can resize a selection in Photoshop, you need to open the software and select the image you want to work with. Here are the steps to do that:

1. Launch Photoshop

First, you need to open Photoshop on your computer. Look for the Photoshop icon on your desktop or in the applications menu, and double-click to launch the software.

2. Open the desired image

2. Open the desired image

Once Photoshop is open, go to the “File” menu at the top, and click on “Open”. This will open a file browser window where you can navigate to the location of the image you want to resize. Select the image file and click “Open” to load it into Photoshop.

Note: You can also open an image by dragging and dropping it directly into the Photoshop workspace.

After completing these steps, you will have Photoshop open with the desired image selected and ready for the resizing process.

Step 2: Choose the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” from the toolbar

Once you have opened your image in Photoshop, you will need to select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” from the toolbar. It is represented by a square-shaped icon. You can also press the M key on your keyboard to quickly access this tool.

The “Rectangular Marquee Tool” allows you to create a rectangular selection area in your image. It is useful when you want to resize a specific part of your image or apply an effect to a specific region.

To select the tool, click on its icon in the toolbar or press the M key. Once selected, your mouse cursor will change to a crosshair with a small rectangle. You can drag your mouse within the image to create a rectangular selection area.

Remember to be precise with your selection, as it will determine the area that you can resize. If you need to adjust your selection area, you can hold down the Shift key and drag any of the selection handles to resize it proportionally.

After you have created your selection area, you can proceed to the next step to resize it according to your needs.

Note: In Photoshop, there are several other selection tools available, such as the “Elliptical Marquee Tool” for creating circular or oval selections, and the “Lasso Tool” for creating freeform selections. You can explore these tools to create more complex selection areas as needed.

Step 3: Click and drag to create a selection around the area you want to resize

Once you have your image open in Photoshop, it’s time to select the area you want to resize. You can do this by clicking and dragging your mouse to create a selection around the specific region of the image you want to resize.

To do this, first, make sure you have the selection tool active. You can access this tool by clicking on the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” icon, located in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Once selected, you will notice that your cursor has changed to a crosshair shape.

Position your cursor at one corner of the area you want to resize, then click and hold down the mouse button. While continuing to hold down the mouse button, drag your cursor diagonally across the image until you have created a selection that encapsulates the desired area.

Remember, if you want to maintain the proportions of your selection while resizing, hold down the Shift key as you drag.

Once you have created your selection, you will see a dotted border outlining the area. This is your selection boundary. Only the content within this boundary will be affected when you resize.

If you are not satisfied with your selection, you can easily modify it by using the selection tools such as the “Lasso Tool,” “Magic Wand Tool,” or “Polygonal Lasso Tool” to refine your selection further.

Keep in mind that the accuracy and preciseness of your selection is crucial in achieving the desired results when resizing, so take your time and ensure that you have selected the correct area before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Go to “Edit” and select “Transform” from the drop-down menu

To resize a selection in Photoshop, you will need to access the “Transform” tool. To do this, first, go to the top menu and click on “Edit.” A drop-down menu will appear.

From the drop-down menu, select the option labeled “Transform.” This will open up a sub-menu with several different transformation options.

By choosing “Transform,” you are indicating to Photoshop that you want to modify the size or shape of the selected area. This tool is particularly useful when you want to resize or reshape a selection without affecting the rest of the image.

Once you have selected “Transform,” you will notice that a bounding box with handles appears around the selected area. These handles can be used to manipulate the size and proportions of the selection.

By clicking on and dragging these handles, you can resize the selection as desired. Additionally, you can hold down the Shift key while dragging a handle to maintain the aspect ratio of the selection, ensuring that it remains proportionate.

After adjusting the size, click on the checkmark icon located at the top of the screen or press Enter on your keyboard to apply the changes and finalize the resizing of the selection. If you are not satisfied with the changes made, you can press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac) to undo the transformation and start over.

Now that you know how to access the “Transform” tool and resize a selection, you can continue editing your image in Photoshop with confidence.

Step 5: Use the corner handles to resize the selection to your desired size

Step 5: Use the corner handles to resize the selection to your desired size

Once you have made a selection using the Marquee Tool, you can easily resize it to your desired dimensions using the corner handles. These corner handles are small squares located at each corner of the selection.

To begin resizing the selection, place your cursor over one of the corner handles. You will notice that it changes into a diagonal double-sided arrow cursor.

Click and hold the left mouse button, and then drag the handle towards the center of the selection to decrease its size, or away from the center to increase its size. As you drag, you will see the selection outline changing accordingly, indicating the new size of the selection.

It is important to note that when resizing the selection, the proportions of the selection might be constrained by default to maintain its aspect ratio. If you want to freely resize the selection without maintaining its proportions, hold down the Shift key while dragging the corner handle.

Continue adjusting the size of the selection until it matches your desired dimensions. You can also fine-tune the size by selecting Edit > Free Transform or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T (Command+T on a Mac) to access the Free Transform tool. This allows you to directly input the desired dimensions in the options bar at the top of the workspace.

Once you have resized the selection to your satisfaction, you can proceed with any further edits or adjustments you need to make using the resized selection.

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Next Step: Step 6: Apply transformations or edits to the resized selection

Step 6: Press “Enter” to apply the changes and save your resized selection

After you have adjusted the size of your selection in Photoshop, it’s time to apply the changes and save your resized selection. To do this, simply press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Why press “Enter”?

Pressing the “Enter” key is important because it tells Photoshop to apply the changes you have made to your selection. Without pressing “Enter,” your changes won’t take effect.

By pressing “Enter,” you are confirming that you are satisfied with the resizing of your selection and you want to save it. Keep in mind that once you press “Enter,” the resizing process is complete and you won’t be able to modify the selection further without undoing or starting over.

Be sure to save your resized selection

Be sure to save your resized selection

After pressing “Enter” to apply the changes, it’s a good idea to save your resized selection. You can do this by going to the “File” menu and selecting “Save As” or by using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+S” (or “Command+S” on a Mac). Choose a location on your computer to save the file and enter a name for it.

Saving your resized selection ensures that you have a version of the image with the changes you made. This way, you can always refer back to the resized selection in the future without needing to redo the resizing process.

Remember to save your original image separately so that you have a copy of the unedited version as well.

Congratulations! You have successfully resized a selection in Photoshop. By following these simple steps, you can easily adjust the size of any selection in your images.

Q&A:

Can I resize a selection in Photoshop?

Yes, you can resize a selection in Photoshop. There are several ways to do this depending on your preferred method.

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