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I want to choose an oval from a photo. I use the ellipse tool and place it on the image in an acceptable manner. However, the part I want turns grey and then when I try inverse, it says no pixels selected. It, however, doesn't say how to select pixels. Feather is greyed out, any other options I have tried have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please do not leave out ANY steps. Thanks....

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    I want to choose an oval from a photo. I use the ellipse tool and place it on the image in an acceptable manner. However, the part I want turns grey and then when I try inverse, it says no pixels selected. It, however, doesn't say how to select pixels. Feather is greyed out, any other options I have tried have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please do not leave out ANY steps. Thanks.
    Carl J Baxter Guest

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    Carl,

    I suspect your image layer is BackGround only. Double click BackGround layer and convert it to a standard layer. Now apply your oval, Inverse and when you delete the background will be transparent (actually paper color, but show the checkerboard transparency display).

    Bob
    BobHill Guest

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    Carl

    Sounds like you need to select the 'Elliptical Marquee' tool (M key) , up at the top of the toolbar. Then you will get the marching ants.

    The tool you describe creates a filled ellipse.

    Everything else should then work the way you are doing it.

    Paul
    Paul L UK Guest

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    I think you properly found the problem, Paul. I'm thinking selection tool and I believe you are correct, he's using the Ellipse tool, which creates an object.

    Bob
    BobHill Guest

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