Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Fixing a selected area in Quick Edit

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Fixing a selected area in Quick Edit

The adjustments that we looked at so far in QuickEdit, have been applied to the entire photograph. Sometimes you may want to apply an adjustment to just part of a photograph. And you can do that my making use of the Quick selection tool, here in the QuickEdit work space. I'm going to go over to the toolbar and click on the Quick selection tool to select it. Then down here in the Tool options, you can see the options for this tool. I'm going to make sure that Auto enhance is checked, which will automatically help me to get a better selection edge. I've also chosen the add to selection option.

Fixing a selected area in Quick Edit

The adjustments that we looked at so far in QuickEdit, have been applied to the entire photograph. Sometimes you may want to apply an adjustment to just part of a photograph. And you can do that my making use of the Quick selection tool, here in the QuickEdit work space. I'm going to go over to the toolbar and click on the Quick selection tool to select it. Then down here in the Tool options, you can see the options for this tool. I'm going to make sure that Auto enhance is checked, which will automatically help me to get a better selection edge. I've also chosen the add to selection option.

So, that the tool will automatically add to my selection each time that I click on a different portion of the image. Now, I'm going to apply this tool to the image to select just the buildings in the foreground without the sky. I want my brush tip to be a little bit bigger than this is so that we can see it as a small circle. So, I'm pressing the Right bracket key a few times on my keyboard. The Right bracket key is near the P key on the keyboard, and then I'm going to click and drag quickly over the buildings. And you can see that the tool is able to distinguish the edges of the buildings and it's selecting based on color, tone and edge variance.

And just a moment I've selected most of what I want, I'm going to zoom in with the Zoom tool. And here you can see I missed some. So I go back to the Quick selection tool. It sets to add to the selection. So I'll just click and drag over this area to add it to the selection. Here, I've selected a little bit of the sky. So I'm going to make my brush tip smaller by pressing the Left bracket key. And I move down to the Tool option and I'll click the Subtract from selection icon. And now I'll move over that little bit of sky, to remove it from the selection.

Here's something I want to add to the selection. I'm going to go to the Hand tool and click and drag to bring the top of the steeple into view. I'll get the Quick selection tool again, and I'll switch it back to the Add to selection option. Now I want to make my brush tip very small, so I'll press the Left bracket key a number of times. And then I'll click and drag over that steeple. And I can even include that small bit in my selection. If I move over this way, I see I have a little bit more to add here at the top of this roof line.

Now before I consider this selection done, I want to look at the edge in the Refine edge window. So I'm going to click Refine edge here, and that opens the Refine edge dialogue box. Refine edge will show me my selection in various ways. I can see it here against a red semi-transparent background. In some cases it helps to see the edge against black, against white. Or in a black and white version to get a sense of whether it really is smooth or soft or however you want it to be.

In this case, I think the black and white version, helps me to see that my edge needs a bit smoothing out. So I'll click off of the View menu to close that. And I'm going to go through the Smooth menu, and I'm just going to drag it very slightly to the right to try to smooth off that selection edge. I'll click OK to close the Refine edge dialogue. And then I'm going to go back to the Zoom tool. And in the Zoom tool options, I'm going to click Fit on screen so I can see the entire image. Now that I have the foreground selected, whatever adjustments I make in the Adjustments panel over on the right.

Will affect just the selected buildings. I'll make sure that the Adjustments panel is showing in the column on the right. If It's not, I'll click the Adjustments button in the Task pane and then I'll try a Levels correction. Maybe I'll try Auto Contrast and that does increase the contrast of the buildings. I think they could use more color, so I'll go to the Color panel and there I'll click on the Vibrance tab which I've showed you in earlier movies. I'm going to select one of these thumbnails, that increases the vibrance of the selected area. And, I'll close the Color panel.

Now I can dismiss my selection, because I'm done with it. To do that, I'll go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect. Or I could press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D on the PC, or Cmd+D on the Mac. To compare a before and after of this image, I'll go to the View menu and I'll choose Before and after. And I'm going to close the Adjustments panel by clicking the Adjustments icon. So we have more room to compare the image on the right, where I've adjusted just the foreground with the image on the left. So that's how you can use the Quick selection tool along with the adjustments in the QuickEdit work space to fix just part of a photograph.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12
Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

30 video lessons · 2827 viewers

Jan Kabili
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.