Practical Photoshop Selections

with Richard Harrington
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Practical Photoshop Selections
Video duration: 0s 1h 52m Intermediate


Take charge of Photoshop and make better, more targeted image adjustments with selections—including hard-to-select objects like hair, fuzzy edges, and color ranges. Rich Harrington reveals the importance of precise selections, whether you're masking, changing color and tone, or even storing transparency, and shows you how to make them with the tools in Adobe Photoshop CC. Dive into the Select menu commands and the Marquee, Lasso, and Magic Wand tools, and then learn how to refine your selections with Expand and Contract, Smooth and Feather, Quick Mask, and other controls. Photoshop power users will also enjoy advanced techniques involving the Color Range command and alpha channel selections.

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Topics include:
  • What are selections?
  • Creating masks from selections
  • Moving a selection
  • Selecting with the Quick Selection tool
  • Transforming a selection
  • Using the Refine Edge command
  • Selecting a color or tonal range throughout the image
  • Making a selection with the Pen tool
  • Saving a selection as an alpha channel
  • Creating a selection from multiple channels with the Calculations command


- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and welcome to this course, where we're gonna be exploring selections. The whole idea with selections is that they let you take control of Photoshop. Ideally, what's going to happen is you're going to choose the pixels that you want to manipulate. Perhaps it's to make an isolated adjustment in color, or to store transparency. There are multiple selection tools that rate from very easy ones to use, like marquees, to magic wands, to more complex dedicated commands. Like the select color range command, or the refine edge command.

There's lots of great tools and techniques that you could use to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. In this course, I'm gonna focus on how to make very targeted adjustments, and deal with things like fine transparent edges, as well as hair, or very organic surfaces. There's a lot of great techniques I'm going to share with you, and it really is the difference from a good image to a great image. After all, learning to take precise control over pixels is what's necessary to do the finest, highest quality adjustments.

So, with that in mind, we've got a lot to explore. And let's jump in.

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