Marquee Tool in Photoshop

Marquee Tool is used to make Selection in Rectangular or Elliptical form, from the Layer. See previous chapter to know when do we use Selection Tool.


There are many variations of Marquee Selection Tool:

a) Rectangular Marquee Tool

b) Elliptical marquee Tool

c) Single row Marquee Tool

d) Single column Marquee Tool


Right click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool to see all selection tools available as its variations.

Rectangular Marquee Tool example in Photoshop.PNG

Example-1: Rectangular Marquee Tool

We can use the Rectangular marquee tool to select any rectangular shape.

Let’s open below image in Photoshop application. Take white as background Layer and below image as layer-1 named as “Panda in Town”.

Rectangular Marquee Tool example image.PNG

Let’s see how can we change color of four pillars with the help of Rectangular marquee tool in below image.

Click on Rectangular marquee tool. Now drag the cursor and select the Pillar as shown below:

Selection using Rectangular Marquee Tool.PNG

At the bottom of layer panel, we have an icon , click it to Set Hue/saturation as shown below.

Hue saturation adjustment.PNG

The Pillar which had the Selection on it, is being affected by Hue and Saturation.

Effect of Hue Saturation on Rectangular Marquee tool Selection.PNG

Similarly, we can use Rectangular Marquee Tool to make selection of other Pillar and can apply Hue/Saturation.

Selection using Rectangular Marquee Tool 2.PNG

Below Hue/Saturation is applied on 2nd Pillar.

Effect of Hue Saturation on Rectangular Marquee tool Selection 2.PNG

Finally, we get below pic after Hue/Saturation adjustment done on 3 Pillars.

Effect of Hue Saturation on Rectangular Marquee tool Selection 3.PNG

Example – 2.1: Elliptical Marquee Tool

We can use the Elliptical marquee tool to select any Elliptical shape.

Elliptical marquee tool example in Photosop.png

To illustrate this tool, select the ‘Panda in Town’ Layer. Then, click on “Elliptical marquee tool” and then drag the cursor around Panda’s face as shown below:

Elliptical marquee tool selection from toolbox.PNG

Below is the Elliptical Selection that we have made. Note that whatever changes we do, will be limited to that Selection i.e. Panda’s face.

Selection using Elliptical Marquee Tool.PNG

Select Hue & Saturation to change the color of the Panda's face. The Hue/Saturation works great when we want to change the color of objects in an image. Below is the final output that we get after setting Hue/Saturation value.

Effect of Hue Saturation on Elliptical Marquee tool Selection.PNG

Example - 2.2: Use of Inverse in Elliptical Marquee Tool

We can use Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a circular selection from an image. e.g. Suppose in below image, we want to get Panda in a circular frame.

For this, select Elliptical Marquee Tool and the draw a circular selection around Panda. See below:

Inverse of Selection by Elliptical Marquee tool.PNG

Right click on the Selection and click ‘Select Inverse’. ‘Select Inverse’ is used to make Inverse Selection of current Selection.

Inverse of circular Selection.PNG Select Inverse on Selection by Elliptical Marquee tool.PNG

Once you make the Inverse selection, just press delete button to delete the Inverse Selection, it will delete the rest part of the image and we will be left with only circular Panda image. Below is what we get.

Result image by Elliptical Marquee tool.PNG

Output: Inverse Selection and Delete

Final image by Elliptical Marquee tool.PNG

Example - 2.3: Use of Feather in Elliptical Marquee Tool

Feather in Photoshop is used to create a soft edge around a selection. >

In below example, we will see how we can use Feather to give soft cloudy edges to the circular selection.

When we use the Selection tool, it appears as one of the parameter that we can set. See below.

Feather the Selection by Elliptical Marquee tool.PNG

Let’s set the Feather to 20. Then make a circular Selection in the image as shown below:

Feather settings in Elliptical marquee tool option.PNG

Now right click on the Selection and click on ‘Select Inverse’. Then use Delete key to delete the rest part of the image. We get below image.

Feather Selection by Elliptical Marquee tool.PNG

Output: Inverse Selection with Feather followed by Delete

Example of Feather Selection by Elliptical Marquee tool in Photoshop.PNG

Similar Output on Feather:

Example of Feather Selection by Elliptical Marquee tool in Photoshop 2.PNG

Example-3: Single row Marquee Tool

It is used to make a horizontal selection of 1 pixel Hight.

Example-4: Single row Marquee Tool

It is used to make a make a vertical selection 1 pixel wide.






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