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There are two ways to modify an image in Photoshop; you can edit the entire thing at once known as a Global Modification, or you can adjust a specific region which is a Selective Modification. Selective Modifications have their obvious advantages. You can change one area while keeping another the same. You can move part of an image to an independent layer, or even into another background, and you can create what's called a Layer Mask which gives you an unrivaled level of control over the elements in your layered composition.
On the plus side, Selective Modifications are one of the things Photoshop does better than any other imaging program on the planet. On the minus, selecting a specific area, for example, the exact contours of this flower takes some effort. Not necessarily a lot of manual labor, but at the very least a deliberate approach. Back on the plus side, Photoshop offers three categories of selection tools to make your job easier: Geometric, Freeform, and Automated.
And I'll show you all three in this chapter.
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