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The best automatic selection enhancements

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Video: The best automatic selection enhancements

If the best command for creating selections is Color Range, the best command for enhancing them is Refine Edge. Here's the idea. You lay down a base selection outline that needs some work, and then you choose Refine Edge and make some adjustments. You can smooth off the selection, feather it, expand or contract it and so forth. And every adjustment previews so you can keep track of what you're doing in real time. If that was all you could do, Refine Edge would be a decent tool.

The best automatic selection enhancements

If the best command for creating selections is Color Range, the best command for enhancing them is Refine Edge. Here's the idea. You lay down a base selection outline that needs some work, and then you choose Refine Edge and make some adjustments. You can smooth off the selection, feather it, expand or contract it and so forth. And every adjustment previews so you can keep track of what you're doing in real time. If that was all you could do, Refine Edge would be a decent tool.

But it's the commands automatic edge detection that really sets it apart. Dial in a radius value, and Photoshop traces a region that thick on both sides of the selection, along the inside and the outside. Then the program applies a kind of artificial intelligence within that region and automatically recalculates the edge, sometimes with fantastic results. If you want to address some edges differently than others, then you can brush in the automatic recalculation using this thing called the Refine Radius tool.

It really is astounding how well this command works. Especially on fine detail such as hair. Even if you start with an incredibly rough selection drawn with say the Lasso tool. But it works better if you combine it with a good selection established using Color Range. And it also works with layer masks as you're about to see.

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  1. 2m 0s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 0s
  2. 44m 47s
    1. Adding shortcuts and adjusting preferences
      46s
    2. Loading my dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 36s
    3. Reviewing your new custom keyboard shortcuts
      14m 46s
    4. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    5. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    6. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    7. The interface and performance settings
      7m 28s
    8. Adjusting Photoshop color settings
      8m 2s
  3. 45m 18s
    1. Smart Object means "indestructible"
      1m 38s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 9s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 25s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Editing originals; updating clones
      4m 38s
    12. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  4. 31m 15s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      5m 55s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  5. 49m 8s
    1. How the Curves graph works
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors; smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 55s
  6. 1h 43m
    1. Photoshop's digital darkroom
      2m 29s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 9s
    5. Working with archival Camera Raw images
      6m 41s
    6. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 9s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 52s
    8. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 46s
    9. Tone curves (and why you don't need them)
      6m 3s
    10. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 21s
    11. Auto-upright and manual lens corrections
      8m 1s
    12. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 50s
    13. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    14. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    15. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 10s
    16. The Camera Raw filter and Radial Filter tool
      7m 34s
    17. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  7. 32m 30s
    1. Infusing black and white with color
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Noise isn't all bad
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 36s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Masking blur and sharpen layers
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  9. 47m 58s
    1. Why blur focuses your attention
      1m 27s
    2. Creating a depth-of-field effect with Field Blur
      4m 44s
    3. Adjusting your Field Blur settings
      5m 0s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      9m 24s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      6m 15s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      6m 40s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 31s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 52s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 5s
  10. 1h 34m
    1. Blending layers with (basic) math
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  11. 44m 20s
    1. The best automatic selection functions
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  12. 59m 44s
    1. The best automatic selection enhancements
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 50s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  13. 1h 18m
    1. Tracing an image point by point
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 59s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 35s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 51s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s
  14. 57s
    1. Until next time
      57s

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