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Selections in Photoshop CC - overview

Making precise selections in Photoshop is an essential skill that every designer needs. In Photoshop there are different tools and commands to create a selection. I have tried to make a overview over the possibilities.
It may be necessary to use more than one method if the purpose is to cut a shape out of a photo, and in order to improve a selection, it is important to apply the Refine Edge command.

The Marque Tool

With the the Marque Tool You can make a rectangular or elliptical selection, or a circle or a square when used with the Shift key.
You can make a line as a 1 pixel wide row or column.

To make the red line, choose Single Column Marque Tool, right click and choose stroke.
To make the cirkel, choose Eliptical Marque Tool, Select/Inverse, right click and choose Fill.

The Lasso Tool

The Lasso Tool creates a custom, free-hand selection. Extract anything from an images by carefully drawing around the areas you'd like to extract.
The Polygonal Lasso Tool is great for extracting pieces of photos that have straight edges.
The Magnetic Lasso Tool detects and snaps to the edge of an object as you to trace along its outline.
If a selection is not precise the first time, you can adjust it by making a new selection, where the selection is in or outside the shape. You remove a piece of a selection by choose Selection/Inverse and select what's outside the shape.

Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool

The Quick Selection Tool automatically finds and follows defined edges in the image.
The Magic Wand tool lets you select a consistently colored area without having to trace its outline.
The apple have sharp border and are easy to select with the Quick Selection tool,
The apple flower are selected after color with the Magic Wand tool.

The Pen tool draws paths with great precision. You can draw lines and curves and refine Your drawings untill You are satisfied. When you are finished you change the path to a selection. Se more.
With the Pen tool you can draw lines and curves and make selections. Se more.

The Focus Area Command

You find the Focus Area command here betveen Color Range and Refine Edge.
The Focus Area command allows you to make automatic selections based on whether pixels are in or out of focus.

This selection was made with the Focus Aray caommand. To remove the blacks between the legs I used the Magic Wand tool. For details on the thisle and the butterfly's antennae I used the Pen tool.

The Color Range Command

To find The Color Range Command chose Select/Color Range just above Focus Aray.
Like Magic Wand, Color Range makes selections based on colors. With the options set as shown with the red arrows, You can make a selection around the red flowers.
It's fairly easy to make a clean selection with the Color Range command.

To find The Refine Edge Command chose Select/Refine Edge just under Focus Aray.
What ever selections tool or command You use, You can improve the edge of the selection with the Refine Edge command. See more.

Edit in Quick Mask mode

You'll find the Quick Mask tool in the Tools palette. When You click on the Quick Mask tool, You create a mask in the Channel Palette. You can use a Pensel tool to paint the mask. If You paint with white the array will be selected, if You paint with black the array are masked and are not selected. You can paint with grades of gray and the array are partially selected. Click again on the Quick Mask tool, and You will see the selected array as marching ants.
The default color for the masked array are red with 50% opacity. You can change the color in Quick Mask Option in the Channel palette.

In the Channels palette You can create Luminosity Masks which is advanced selections based on how bright or dark an area is. See more.



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