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Hey there, in this video we're going to take this tea cup, add this storm, and have storm in a teacup. It's a couple of quick selection techniques using the Marquee Tool in Adobe Photoshop. Let's go and do it.
First up, let's go to 'File', 'Open'. In your 'Exercise Files', there's one called '05 Selections', open that up. Open up 'Marquee Tool 01' and 'Marquee Tool 02'; Thank you, Rawpixel. Let’s click 'Open'. So we've got this kind of storm video, and we've got this teacup. Yes, I know they have nothing to do with shoes, I've got a shoe theme going, right? Just showcase these two tools. They had to make a storm in a teacup. So what we're going to do, the name of this project, well I guess the project that we've been given is, we need to make an Instagram post, it needs to be the square format, we need to combine this, and this into a post ready for Instagram.
So in Instagram, 'File', 'New. We're going to create a new document, this is the way I prefer working. And over here, an Instagram post, double check this, at the moment it's 1080 x 1080. So 1080 pixels by 1080 pixels is a square post. Don't worry about resolution. Make sure it's on RGB, it should be like that for default. So copy everything that I've got here, click 'Create'. Let's go to this '01' tab. Let's first of all use the tool, the 'Rectangle Marquee Tool'. It's the second key down. If you can't see it you might have to click, hold, hold, hold. Grab this top option, the square one. All we're going to do is drag out a selection like this and copy, and paste it but because it's going to be square for Instagram I'm going to go to 'Select' 'Deselect'. What key do I hold down on my keyboard to constrain the proportions make the height and width the same, that's right, it is 'Shift'.
I'm going to hold 'Shift' anywhere about here, and drag out, and get it to kind of where I want. Now you can move the selection afterwards, so I'm holding nothing down, I'm still on that Marquee Tool and I can just move that selection till I find it's kind of like-- like how I want it to be centered, I kind of want, I'm not even sure how I want it but that's how I'm going to do it anyway. So I've got this bit here, I'm going to go to 'Edit', 'Copy'. I'm going to jump to this new document that we've created. It's called 'Untitled 01' at the moment. Let's go to 'Edit', let's go to 'Paste'. It's a little bit big, we're going to use 'Edit' 'Transform', 'Scale'. Remember, 'Control T' on a PC, or 'Command T' on a Mac. Hold down the 'Shift' key again on the corner, drag it up. I'm going to get mine close enough, and hit 'Enter' on my keyboard. That's going to work for me. So that's a Rectangle Marquee Tool. We've done a square, you can obviously use it for any type of rectangle.
Let's look at the next one, Marquee Tool 02. We're going to use this tool. Hold down the 'Rectangle tool', and grab the 'Elliptical Marquee Tool'. Like the Rectangle Marquee Tool, I can drag out any old Ellipse. Long, small, thin, tall, but what I'm going to do is go to 'Select', 'Deselect'. I'm going to hold 'Shift' key down again to get that perfect circle. I'm going to drag it out. Big enough, not too worried, I'm going to move it because I want the kind of eye of the storm in the middle there. Then I'm going to go to-- I'm going to use my shortcuts, you can go to 'Edit', 'Copy'. I'm just going to use 'Command C' on a Mac, 'Control C' on a PC. Jump back into my Instagram post, and hit 'Paste' or 'Edit', 'Paste'. Let's scale this one again, 'Command T' on a Mac, 'Control T' on a PC. Hold 'Shift' to get the corners to do what you want and make it look like there's a storm in a teacup.
What's going to happen is, you're going to have to-- I'm holding 'Command T' to resize it, and then moving it at the same time by dragging it anywhere, but that target. I'm going to get it kind of close, there we go, feels okay. When I get it where I want it to be-- now if you're finding it's kind of jumping around, can you see, it's just-- the Smart Guides are appearing, those pink lines. If you're getting it close, we can use our keys on our keyboard. So I'm just tapping my down arrow on my keyboard, a little bit left, and you can just use that for kind of like fine adjustment. Hit 'Enter'. That my friends, is a storm in a teacup.
Now if you are a kind of a seasoned Photoshop user, you're just kind of refreshing yourself, if you're thinking, "Oh, why didn't you do a Layer Mask?" or, "Why didn't he blur the edges a little bit?" we'll do that in an upcoming video, but for the moment we're using the tools and the skills that we've got. So what I want to do is-- let's save this now. I'm going to set you a little project, so let's go to 'File', 'Save'. I'm going to save mine on to my 'Desktop' and this is going to be my 'Storm in a Teacup'. I always call it 'v1' for when we do adjustments or the client comes back, or I adjust it. Hit 'Save'.
Maximize Compatibility, remember that's just there to say that the file size gets a bit bigger, but it means that older versions of Photoshop are likely to be able to open this. If you are trying to keep the file size small, uncheck that, but it might mean that if you send it to someone, and opens it up in an old version of Photoshop, it might not work as well. So your project is-- let's go to 'File', 'Open'. In your 'Exercise Files', '05', there's 'Marquee Tool 03'. I'm giving you the kind of base here. This one's from Brigitte, thank you very much. You can go check her out in Unsplash for her other photographs.
What I want you to do is go and find another thing for this center here. It doesn't have to be a storm but go to something like Unsplash or find Google Images. Find something that you're allowed to use if you have access to a stock library site. Unsplash is a good place Another one is freeimages.com, can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but go find an image and see if you can put something in a teacup. It can be a storm, it can be anything you like, but I'd like you to make it a square frame like we did in this whole tutorial. So square, with something inside of it, using the Elliptical Marquee Tool, and I'd like you to share it, so post it on the projects here on this page or in social media, in Instagram it's bringyourownlaptop, tag me in it, I'd love to see what you do. On Twitter I am danlovesadobe.
All right friends, go have fun with this one, and I will see you in the next video.