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In this movie we're going to get a quick refresher on using our selection tools. So we're going to take a look at two shots. The first one is of this breaker, which is pretty straightforward. It has a white background with a solid object on it. And the second one is a little more complicated, it has our throw on top of the chair over here. So, starting with the breaker, there's actually two tools that I could use to select this. The first one, is actually my Polygon Lasso tool. Since this does have a lot of straight edges and not a lot of curves, I can very quickly go through with my Polygon Lasso tool, and just use Connect the Dots, to quickly select this object, along its straight edges to mask out or make an adjustment.
The second option that I have is I can go through, and I can use my Magic Wand tool. Now, my Magic Wand tool, again, selects similar tone and colors based on the selected area that I click on. And in this case, instead of trying to select the image which will piecemeal this together and allow me to still miss pieces, I'm going to click on the background. I have a solid colored background that allows me to grab it in one shot and simply go to the Select menu and tell it to select Inverse, and that will select my object.
Now, those are pretty simple and easy to use but when it comes to an object like this, there's no way that I could use the Polygon Lasso tool because there's too many curves. And if I try and use my Magic Wand tool, it's going to go through and grab just piece after piece, after piece. Instead, I'm going to switch up in this case to the Quick Selection tool. The only additional feature that I changed on my Quick Selection tool is to make sure that Auto-enhance is turned on up above my control panel. This is simply a paintbrush that I can now go in and paint in my areas that I want to select.
As I go through, I'll piece this together and be able to add more and more content. After every selection that I release on, Auto-enhance will kick in and try and clean up the area. The only thing I have to remember with this tool is to keep the brush inside of my content at all times and try not to stray out into the background. If the Quick Select tool grabs too much information, hold your Alt or Option key to deselect.
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