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Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth

with Jan Kabili

Video: Welcome

A walk-through of the many manual and automatic selection methods in Photoshop and pointers on choosing the most effective selection methods for an image.
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  1. 2m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 21m 1s
    1. Why select?
      7m 13s
    2. What is a selection?
      4m 22s
    3. Deselecting and reselecting
      1m 59s
    4. Hiding a selection boundary
      2m 41s
    5. Using the Select All command
      4m 46s
  3. 38m 56s
    1. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 25s
    2. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 26s
    3. Drawing freehand selections with the Lasso tool
      5m 26s
    4. Selecting straight edges with the Polygonal Lasso tool
      4m 58s
    5. Selecting with the Pen tool and paths
      8m 17s
    6. Making selections from shapes
      5m 24s
  4. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 39s
    3. Working with the Color Range feature
      8m 0s
    4. Selecting edges with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      7m 48s
    5. Selecting layer transparency
      2m 37s
    6. Selecting image luminosity
      6m 13s
  5. 33m 0s
    1. Moving selections
      2m 55s
    2. Transforming selections
      3m 13s
    3. Using contextual commands for transformation
      3m 13s
    4. Inverting selections
      3m 50s
    5. Anti-aliasing selections
      6m 52s
    6. Feathering selections
      6m 49s
    7. Fine-tuning selections in Refine Edge
      6m 8s
  6. 24m 27s
    1. Saving selections
      6m 0s
    2. Loading and modifying saved selections
      4m 57s
    3. Saving selections to other images
      4m 55s
    4. Creating layer masks from selections
      6m 36s
    5. Loading selections from layer masks
      1m 59s
  7. 15m 41s
    1. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting selections
      5m 26s
    2. Combining selections to build a graphic
      5m 8s
    3. Expanding selections with Grow and Similar
      5m 7s
  8. 22m 1s
    1. Cleaning up selections in Quick Mask
      6m 37s
    2. Creating selections from scratch in Quick Mask
      2m 44s
    3. Changing Quick Mask options
      2m 37s
    4. Varying edge softness in Quick Mask
      2m 28s
    5. Filtering selections in Quick Mask
      2m 5s
    6. Making Step and Repeat selections in Quick Mask
      5m 30s
  9. 35m 53s
    1. Making selections from color channels
      4m 55s
    2. Working with the Background Eraser tool
      10m 44s
    3. Pasting into selections
      5m 28s
    4. Installing the legacy Extract filter
      5m 19s
    5. Using the Extract filter
      9m 27s
  10. 54s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth
Video duration: 0s 3h 51m Intermediate


Choosing the right selection tools for the job and using those tools effectively are among the most important skills for Photoshop users. In Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth, Jan Kabili goes deep into the subject, showing the best practices for making and working with selections. Jan walks through the manual and automatic selection methods in Photoshop and offers pointers on choosing the most effective selection methods for an image. She explains the underlying relationship between selections and alpha channels, and shows how to fine-tune selections to get the desired results. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Selecting manually with the Marquee, Lasso, and Pen tools
  • Saving time with automatic selection methods like the Quick Selection tool and the Magic Wand tool
  • Fine-tuning selections with Refine Edge
  • Working with selections in Quick Mask mode
  • Moving, modifying, and combining selections
  • Saving selections as alpha channels
  • Making complex selections from color channels
  • Using the Background Eraser tool to replace a background
  • Installing and using the legacy Extract plug-in to isolate an object from its background
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(Music playing.) Hello and welcome. I'm Jan Kabili, your instructor for Photoshop CS4 Selections in Depth. In this course I'll be teaching you how to make, modify, and use selections. You'll learn all the manual and automatic selections methods that Photoshop has to offer. As you move through the course keep in mind a couple of points about making selections. First, before you use the Selection tool take a minute to evaluate the image so that you choose the best tool for the job.

If you want to select the objects of the same color, you might try the Color Range command. Or if you want to select a subject that has a well-defined edge, try the Quick Selection tool. You don't have to stick with just one method to make a good selection. You might make an initial rough selection using one method and then clean up that selection using another method. This course focuses on selections, but from time to time I'll talk about other features as they come up. If you want to learn more about those features, please watch my course called Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.

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