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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.
Sometimes you may find that you get so caught up working with a particular tool or technique in Photoshop that you don't stop and think that it might be easier if you switched tools. And one of the things I think it's helpful to keep in mind when creating selections in Photoshop is that you can switch back and forth between multiple tools. In order to create and fine tune your selections. Let's take a look at a basic example just to illustrate this concept. If I want wanted to select the snow pillows I could start off perhaps with the Quick Selection Tool. So I'll choose the Quick Selection Tool from the Toolbox, and then simply click and paint across those snow pillows to create a basic selection. You can see that the selection is not quite perfect. Well okay it's far from perfect, but it's at least a really good start. If I need to subtract an area from the selection I can do that. I'll just hold the Alt key on Windows or the Option key on Macintosh for example. To access the subtract from selection option, and then I'll click and paint into this area of the selection that I don't actually want to have selected. I could also add to the selection.
I can hold the Shift key to access the Add to Selection option, but with the Quick Selection tool, that's actually active by default. And so I'll go ahead and add to the selection, and this additional area. But in some case, you may find that it's actually just easier to use a different tool. For example, the Quick Selection tool might get you a quick start, but then you might find that it's not really working all that well in specific areas of the image. Perhaps it's not following along on the shadow line here, for example. And so, you might want to clean things up. But instead of fighting with the quick selection tool, you can just switch to a different tool.
And so I'll select the Lasso tool from the toolbox for example. And then to access the Subtract From Selection option I can hold the Alt key on Windows or the Option key on Macintosh. And then I'll simply click and drag within the image to identify the area that I want to subtract from the existing selection. And I could continue in this way cleaning up various areas of the selection, of course. But the key thing to keep in mind is that we can mix and match all of the various selection tools in order to create and fine tune the selections.
So if a particular tool just isn't working for a particular portion of a selection, find another tool that will help in that particular area and take advantage of those add and subtract options, for example, in order to clean up the selection.
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