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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop
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Inverting a selection


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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Inverting a selection

Sometimes when you need to create a selection of a particular area of the image it's easier to create the opposite selection. And this is something that's really worth keeping in mind especially if you're struggling at all with a particular selection. Let's take a look at a fairly basic example that illustrates this concept. I'll go ahead and choose the Quick Selection tool from the tool box and then I'm simply going to include increase my brush size a little bit in this case just by using the right square bracket key. You can adjust that brush size with the left and right square bracket keys on the keyboard.
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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop
3h 37m Beginner Jun 25, 2013

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Learn how to use selections and layer masks in Photoshop to create composite images and apply targeted adjustments. After covering the key concepts behind selections and exploring Photoshop's selection tools, Tim Grey delves into a variety of advanced techniques that will help you make accurate selections, create seamless composite images, and apply adjustments that do exactly what you want them to do.

Topics include:
  • Basic concepts
  • Selection tools
  • Advanced selection techniques
  • Creating composite images
  • Applying targeted adjustments
  • Creating a vignette effect with masking
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Tim Grey

Inverting a selection

Sometimes when you need to create a selection of a particular area of the image it's easier to create the opposite selection. And this is something that's really worth keeping in mind especially if you're struggling at all with a particular selection. Let's take a look at a fairly basic example that illustrates this concept. I'll go ahead and choose the Quick Selection tool from the tool box and then I'm simply going to include increase my brush size a little bit in this case just by using the right square bracket key. You can adjust that brush size with the left and right square bracket keys on the keyboard.

Left square bracket key to reduce the brush size. And right square bracket key to increase the brush size. And then I'll simply click and drag across the roofline here as well as the metal chimney. The idea is that I want to apply an adjustment that specifically affects this portion of the image. And you can see that I'm having a less than ideal time trying to create a selection of this area. It's doing a pretty good job, but now I have to go back and paint over some additional areas. It's not that it's back breaking work, it's just that it's not as efficient as it could be.

You'll notice, for example, I'm having to go over to the right here, right against the line. The transition between the roofline and the sky, but at this point I now finally have a good selection, so not too bad, certainly in this case. Although of course this is a pretty straight forward situation since the foreground subject contrasts so well with the background. But the point is, is that selection wasn't the easiest to make. That is was slightly complex requiring me to paint around in a variety of areas. I'll press Ctrl+D on Windows or Cmd+D on Macintosh to deselect that selection, and then I'm going to select the opposite of what I want. In other words, the sky in this case.

With my Quick Selection tool, I'll simply click and drag and you'll notice that I don't need to paint very carefully. I just swooped the brush around a portion of the sky and I end up with a great selection. Probably about the exact same selection that I had created initially by painting through various areas of the roof and up into the chimney. And so the point is that it's easier sometimes to create a selection of the opposite area that you actually want and then you can simply invert that selection. To do so, you can simply go to the Select menu and then chose Invert.

You can also press Shift+Ctrl+I on Windows or Shift+Cmd+I on Macintosh in order to invert that selection. So you'll see that at the moment the sky is selected when I chose inverse. Now, I have the chimney and the roof selected. And it was very easy to create. Easier than creating the selection that I really wanted. Again in this case, it's not that dramatically different, creating one selection versus the other, and then inverting that other selection as needed. But the point is simply to keep in mind that oftentimes the selection that you're looking for might be more difficult to create than the opposite of that selection.

And when that's the case you can simply select that opposite area, and then invert your selection.

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