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Adobe Photoshop Rectangular Marquee Tool

Adobe Photoshop Rectangular Marquee Tool

What is Marquee Tool?

The Marquee tool is the most basic of selection tools and also often the one most beneficial. This tool is used to draw selections based upon geometric shapes. Particularly, the marquee tool permits you to draw rectangle-shaped as well as elliptical selections. To form the selection, just click and drag the computer mouse.

The marquee tools let you select rectangular shapes, ellipses, as well as 1 pixel rows and also columns.

Select a marquee tool:

Rectangle Marquee (M): Makes a rectangular selection (or a square, when used with the Shift key).

Elliptical Marquee (M): Makes an elliptical selection (or a circle, when utilized with the Shift key).

Single Row or Single Column Marquee: Specifies the border as a 1 pixel wide row or column.

How to Use Rectangular Marquee Tool?

  • Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools panel. You can likewise use the keyboard shortcut - press the M key.
  • Click and drag from one corner of the area that you wish to select to the opposite corner. While you drag, the selection marquee shows up. The marquee follows the motion of your computer mouse arrow (a crosshair or plus indicator symbol).
  • Release your mouse button. You now have a full-fledged rectangular selection.
marquee tool example
marquee tool example

More About Marquee Tool?

Selection Options

You'll see 4 selection options at the very left.

Add To Selection

The first is a normal selection. The 2nd option is to Add to Selection. Utilize this option to increase an existing selection. For example, you can develop a shape like this merely by adding to an existing 200x200px selection:


Subtract from Selection:

This option allows you to subtract from an existing selection. As an example, by subtracting this selection from our existing form:

marquee tool example

Intersect with Selection:

Utilize this option to produce a selection that intersects with an existing selection. That is, it picks parts that common to both selection. As an example, the square intersecting the form shown below:

marquee tool example

Tutorials for Rectangular Marquee Tool

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