Photoshop: Ability to expand and contract selections only vertically or horizontally

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I use Photoshop for creating art for screen and gravure printing. In the selection/ separation phase of the work, I often find myself wishing that I could expand and contract selections only vertically or horizontally. I think an option that could make this happen could look much like the directional buttons that appear when you are cropping.

My current workaround to do this sort of thing usually requires putting bevels and embosses on shapes and making new selections based on that. 
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Is this what you are looking for? If so add your comments and 'Me To' vote here:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/expand_contract_work_path
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Not a bad suggestion, but I think this linked post speaks more to how Photoshop doesn't retain detail while expanding and contracting a selection. My interest is more to do with controlling what direction the selection expands or contracts in. I'm really just thinking of an option that might be to "expand vertically" or "expand horizontally" if you were to put it into words - rather than always having selections expand in all directions equally as they currently do.

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The Free Transform tool (CTRL + T) allows resizing the selection in only the vertical or horizontal planes.

If you're looking for something different please provide more information using an example with screenshots and provide details concerning the specific selection tool you're using and the specific adjustment tool that you would like to see changed. The more details provided the more likely it will get attention from other users here and/or Adobe staff.
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This isn't a function that currently exists. I'm not really looking for a solution. I'm recommending the addition of the feature. Ctrl+T transforms a selection. I would like to expand a selection.
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OK, so you're looking for a Selection Transform without modifying the image. Try this:

1) Make your selection using any of the available selection tools
2) Right-Click on the image and select 'Transform Selection.'
3) Grab any one of the eight selection handles to modify the selection. You can also rotate the selection.
4) OPTIONAL: With the selection handles still visible right-click again on the image again to apply other transform to the selection as shown below. Once completed hit 'Enter' to apply the changes to the selection.

No transforms to the actual image are applied....just the selection area.

Is this what you want to do?




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I see what you're saying. This could work in some cases - mainly if you have a single object selected. I'm often making selections within artwork - to geometric shapes or to hundreds or thousands of marks spread over a surface. In these cases, rescaling an entire selection does not work for me. I would like to expand a selection in only one direction. A similar feature that Illustrator now has is to "transform each". This allows the transformation of objects independently but simultaneously without changing their cumulative sale (spreading out from a group center). By transforming each they only transform out from their own centers. I'm essentially advocating that Adobe bring this same feature to Photoshop. 
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With all due respect, Todd, this is not what the OP asks. For a simple rectangular selection, there is no difference between transform and expand. But for a complex shape these two options are definitely not the same. That is why Photoshop can transform a selection the way you showed, and why it also has the menu 'Select - Modify - Expand'. But that will expand the selection in both directions, not only horizontally or vertically.
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John, I finally got that from the OP's last reply.  In my 2nd reply I requested:

"If you're looking for something different please provide more information using an example with screenshots and provide details concerning the specific selection tool you're using and the specific adjustment tool that you would like to see changed. The more details provided the more likely it will get attention from other users here and/or Adobe staff."

It took a while for the OP to provide more details. At least now anyone landing here will have a better idea of what's being requested and why it's needed. Peace Guys
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I appreciate the input
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Glad to help-I've added my vote!