Discover when and why to make selections.

What you learned: Common uses for selections

What is a selection?

A selection is a way to isolate part of an image so your edits will affect only that area.

Why make a selection?

Common reasons to make a selection are to:

  • Change the appearance of part of an image by applying a filter or other effect to the selection;
  • Adjust part of a photograph by making a correction to the lighting or color of the selected area;
  • Replace a background by selecting and deleting the initial background and adding a different background instead;
  • Manipulate part of an image, such as copying or moving selected content.


Up next: Simple selection tools



Presenter: Jan Kabili

Photographers: Matt Hagen, Cody York, Hint of Whimsy