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Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge

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Video: Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge

Another excellent way to make selections is with the Quick Select tool, especially in a case like this, where we're looking at a rather organic shape where the Elliptical or the Rectangular Marquee tools wont really work very well. Now, we could use a Lasso tool but the Quick Select is going to be even easier because the Quick Select tool is actually smart. So we can either tap the W key on the keyboard or we can select the Quick Select tool. You'll notice that just like the Marquee and the Lasso, we have different options for it in the Options bar. To begin with, we'll just click on the first icon.

Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge

Another excellent way to make selections is with the Quick Select tool, especially in a case like this, where we're looking at a rather organic shape where the Elliptical or the Rectangular Marquee tools wont really work very well. Now, we could use a Lasso tool but the Quick Select is going to be even easier because the Quick Select tool is actually smart. So we can either tap the W key on the keyboard or we can select the Quick Select tool. You'll notice that just like the Marquee and the Lasso, we have different options for it in the Options bar. To begin with, we'll just click on the first icon.

That's going to allow us to click and drag in the boot area. And you can see, as I'm dragging down the boot the Quick Select tool is trying to guess really based on the colors that I'm clicking on, what the best selection would be. So when I release my cursor, this is the initial selection that I get. But if I continue using the Quick Select tool, and you can see that in the center of the Quick Select tool there's automatically a plus. In fact if we look up here in the Options bar, once I let go, Photoshop knew that I probably would want to add to my selection, so it automatically selected this second option.

So, every time that you click and drag with this tool, with those cross hairs, Photoshop's actually creating a color lookup table. So, every color that you pass that cross hair over, Photoshop goes, oh, you must want this color to be part of your selection. Now it selected a little bit too much in this case so what I'd want to do is actually hold down the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on Windows. You can see that, that plus changes to a minus and you can see up here in the Options bar that the Option key is going to change to the minus option.

So now I'm going to click and drag through this area in order to remove it from the selection. And I'll click and drag here. And I'll click and drag right down here but Photoshop may or may not be able to make a great selection there. Let's go ahead and zoom in, I'll use Cmd+plus or Ctrl+plus on Windows, hold down the space bar and just scoot up my image. And it seems to be doing a fairly decent job. Oh, now I accidentally clicked with a plus icon. I wanted to subtract that area. So just like many of the tools in Photoshop, if I use Cmd+Z, I can undo what I've just done with that tool.

So this time I'll hold down the Option or the Alt key. We'll try to subtract this out. Now it's having a little bit of a hard time right down here in the bottom, because this tan color, it's not quite sure if it should select it or not. So instead of struggling with one tool, this is when I start to think, well, is there another tool that might be easier just to fix this little area? And for me that would be the Lasso tool, so I will tap the L key and that will switch me to the Lasso tool. Now in this case what I might want to do is tap the cap locks key on, so that I get this nice cross hair so I know exactly where I'm dragging.

And I want to add this area to my selection. So you don't have to start exactly in this little area right here, in fact let me zoom in, maybe even one more time. You don't have to start like right here where those marching ants are. Because I'm adding into my selection and all of this is already selected, if I click on the Add icon or hold down the Shift key, I can click anywhere in here and it doesn't affect anything, because this area's already selected. So a lot of times it's smoother to maybe, you know, start your stroke somewhere else and then come down and intersect and then add this area to your selection, right? And if you go out of this selection its not that big of a deal because then what you can do is just switch to the subtract from.

And again don't start like right there like, start wherever's comfortable, if it's comfortable to start out here. Because remember out here, now, is already unselected. So, doing this isn't going to do anything. So, you can start out here and then start your stroke. And then, just come and grab that and remove it from the selection. Right, again, I can hold down the Shift key. And, I'll start up here, and then we'll just add this area to the selection. And if I need to add anything else I can go ahead and do that. I'll hold down the space bar and just scoot around. Looks like I need to subtract this a little bit.

So, again I can start way out here, just go up a little bit to get that subtracted. Oop, and we've got a mistake over here, so again I can start anywhere out here, right? because this is already subtracted from this selection. And just come down, and sometimes it'll be more comfortable to drag in the other way. That just depends on your preference. So we can subtract that out as well. Alright, let's go ahead and zoom back out. I'm going to use Cmd+0 in order to zoom all the way to fit in window. So now that I have a good selection, I might want to still refine it just a little bit. And I can do that by using the Refine Edge tool. The Refine Edge tool works for both soft edged objects as well as hard edged objects.

And in another video we're going to use it on a soft edged object. But here, I'm going to actually skip over the top two sections. And I'm just going to use the adjust edge options because, this is a very, hard edged object, and the edge is really the same all the way around the boot. So, if I want to smooth the edge a little bit because it's looking a little rough down there where I made that selection with the Lasso tool, I can use the smooth option. And you can see how it's just making that, a little bit more smooth. Look at that, the difference between when it's at 100 versus when it's at zero.

So, I'm going to move that up quite a bit. And I might also want to add a little bit of a feather. I'm actually going to add a big feather for a minute to show you what it does, so there we can see now we've got this soft edge feather. Because when you add a feather, you then get to shift the edge based on that feather. So you can see as I shift the edge way in here, if I go to negative 100, it can play with that entire distance of the feather that I created, that soft edge. If I shift the edge the other way, you can see how it goes back out into that original background. So as I limit the feather amount I'm actually limiting the edge that I can shift in and sometimes it just really helps to be able to take your entire selection and just kind of pull it in a little bit or choke that selection. Otherwise sometimes you get a white halo around your object that you're trying to select.

So I think that this feather of one pixel is too big and I'm sure that if I zoomed in to 100% it would be. I need something down around like 0.2 in this case, so that when I do shift the edge, it's just barely moving the edge over, and I'm not going to go to negative 100, but something just like maybe minus 35 or 36. Alright, once I've refined my edge, we'll click OK. And then all I need to do is actually convert the selection into a mask. And I can do that by clicking on the mask icon down at the bottom of the layers panel.

So you might be wondering why I didn't use the feather slider on the properties panel, and I didn't use it because I wanted to not only add a little bit of a feather, but also be able to shift the edge as well as smooth the selection. So if I want to do all of those things, then I need to use Refine Edge. So as easy as that, I can remove the background from this boot. And then I could take this boot and transfer it, maybe use it in a different image, or it might be set the way it is if I wanted to say print this in a product catalog.

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new NEW
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 29m 57s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 56m 7s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights UPDATED
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    7. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    8. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    9. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    10. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    11. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 3m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    4. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    5. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    6. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    7. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    8. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    9. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    10. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    11. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    12. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop UPDATED
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects UPDATED
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images UPDATED
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics UPDATED
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers UPDATED
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range NEW
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask NEW
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 40m 53s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify UPDATED
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters UPDATED
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters UPDATED
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs UPDATED
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs NEW
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type UPDATED
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 24m 48s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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