Marquees

(see also: Bitmap Menu and Toolbar)

Marquees select part of the image and allow only that part to be edited. The marquee can have any shape, and its border is marked by a flashing dotted line. Marquees can only exist inside the rectangular boundary of a bitmap. If you leave a marquee on a bitmap and go do something else, the Marquee will be remembered and will still be there. Use the Clear Marquee option below to remove it.

Selecting the Entire Bitmap

  • Select the bitmap.
  • From the Bitmap menu, select Marquee Select All.
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Using the Marquee Tool

The Marquee tool selects rectangular portions of the bitmap.

With the bitmap selected, from the Bitmap Edit toolbar:

  • Select the Marquee tool.
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  • Click and drag the cursor over the bitmap.
  • After creating one marquee, you can add or subtract areas:
    • Hold Shift and drag to add additional sections to the selection marquee. A small + appears near the bottom of the cursor to indicate Add.
    • Hold Ctrl and drag to subtract sections from the selection marquee. A small - appears near the bottom of the cursor to indicate Subtract.
  • Once drawn, click inside the marquee and drag it to move the marquee to the desired position.

Using the Lasso Tool

The Lasso tool allows you to select a marquee by tracing its outline on the bitmap.

With the bitmap selected, from the Bitmap Edit toolbar:

  • Select the Lasso tool. 
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  • Click and drag the cursor over the bitmap to create a closed shape.
    • To add and subtract areas from an existing marquee, hold Shift and Ctrl while you drag. (A small + or - appears near the bottom of the cursor to indicate Add or Subtract.)
  • Click inside the marquee and drag it to move it to the desired position.

Using the Magic Wand Tool

The Magic Wand tool lets you select an area of a bitmap based on color. You can specify the color range, or tolerance, for the magic wand tool's selection.

With the bitmap selected, from the Bitmap Edit toolbar:

  • Select the Magic Wand tool. (note that the Make Transparent Tool at the end of the toolbar has the same icon; be sure not to confuse the two)
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  • Adjust the Tolerance in DesignCentral as needed.
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    • Enter a low value to select colors very similar to the pixel you click, or a higher value to select a broader range of colors.
  • Click the Magic Wand cursor over the bitmap.

Use Shift and Ctrl to add or subtract areas from the existing marquees. (A small + or - appears near the bottom of the cursor to indicate Add or Subtract.)

Clearing Marquees

This will clear any existing marquee on the bitmap.

  • Select the bitmap with a marquee.
  • From the Bitmap menu, select Clear Marquee.
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Inverting Marquees

This reverses the selection to the rest of the Bitmap. If you have a circle selected, it will reverse it so everything outside the circle is selected.

  • Select the bitmap with a marquee.
  • From the Bitmap menu, select Invert Selection. 
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