Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Inverting selections, part of Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth.
Before you make a selection, my advice is to take a second to analyze the image,…and consider whether it's going to be easier to select what you're ultimately…after, or the opposite of what you're after.…In this case, for example, I'd like to select the foreground items:…the stoplights and the street sign.…But I'm guessing that it's going to be quicker and easier to select that solid…color background, the light-blue sky, then to use the Invert command to invert…that selection to select the foreground items.…I'll give it a try using the Magic Wand tool.…
With the Tolerance option in the Options bar set to its default of 32, I'll…click in the blue sky.…That selects most of the sky on the first click.…I'll hold down the Shift key, and I'll click in this area down here that wasn't…included in the initial selection.…That's an almost perfect selection of the sky.…But my ultimate goal isn't to select the sky in this case;…it's to select the foreground items.…So, I'll go up to the Select menu, and I'll choose Inverse.…
- Understanding the when and why of making selections
- Combining and transforming selections
- Selecting fine detail with Refine Edge
- Capturing soft and hard edges in one selection
- Understanding the relationship of selections to masks
- Removing color fringe around selections
- Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
- Working with the Color Range command
- Selecting with the Pen tool and paths
- Making easy selections with the Quick Selection tool
- Working with Refine Mask
- Sharing selections between images
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Why Make Selections?
2. Selection Basics
3. Modifying Selections
4. Refining Selections
5. Geometric Selection Methods
6. Drawing Selection Methods
7. Tonal and Color Selection Methods
8. Using Image Properties to Select
9. Saving Selections
10. Working in Quick Mask Mode
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