A colleague yesterday asked me if there is a way to transform a selection once it has been created. Unlike drawing a regular shape there is no transform tool. However, there is a menu option – Select / Transform Selection.
Take this image below, it may be that I would like to extract the text “Gamzen” from the scene as well as the surrounding paintwork. But the workers head and turban is in the way.
To demonstrate this feature, i’ll start with a rectangular marquee.
But, i’ve made an initial mistake and the selection is not large enough. I can choose the menu option Select / Transform Selection. Now I have access to the transformation handles.
Once the selection has been enlarged and rotated, it now runs over even more parts of the scene that I don’t want to be selected. To modify the selection further, i’ll choose the free transform mode (marked in Red below).
I am now able to move the handles to exactly the shape needed to complete this task
To get better/faster access to this menu item, you can add a new or existing keyboard shortcut. You can access the keyboard shortcuts and menu dialog using the Menu option / Edit / Keyboard shortcuts.