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Free Select Tool HELP!!!!

Jan 24, 2011, 13:21
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Free Select Tool HELP!!!!
I've been trying to use the free select tool to cut out a prson from 1 image and add it to another, but in doing this after so many clicks of the mouse, it automatically joins up back with the starting point half way through the picture, how do i stop this from happening as it's getting rather frustrating?

thanks for any help in advance
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Jan 24, 2011, 16:43
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RE: Free Select Tool HELP!!!!
I can create a path with over 120 points... I think that what happens is that at some point you are a bit too quick to click and this is taken as a double-click so the path is closed. You could shorten the double click delay in your system setup... however, this wouldn't be a good solution.

Actually what happens to you isn't that bad... if you are working on a big selection you have plenty of chances to get disturbed and lose it. You should take the habit to save partial selections to channels:
- make a first run of two dozen points and close the path
- save selection to channel
- shift-click a new point, work on a another 20 point or so and close the path (this should enlarge the existing selection)
- save selection to channel.
... etc...

If you bork it, go to the channels dialog, take your latest selection, and issue "Channel to selection" to recover the selection in a previous state.

You can also make distinct selections (ie avoid the shift-click on a new path) and save them all to channels, and then use Channel/Add to selection to generate a final selection. The advantage is that you can redo part of the selection later.

The other advantage of working piecewise like this is that you can use different strategies to clip different parts: intelligent scissors, wand, freehand, quickmask

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