Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video The Quick Selection tool, part of Practical Photoshop CS5 Selections.
As you saw in our last exercise, the Magic Wand can be a bit slow. The Quick Selection tool is everything good about the Magic Wand, plus it adds speed. Here's how it works. You'll find the Quick Selection tool located in the same well as the Magic Wand. Notice that you can control the size of the brush using the toolbar. That just works pretty well. I'm just going to soften the edge just a little bit, so it has a little bit of gentle transition. I can now click in the image, and start to drag, and you notice that it detects my edges for me.
If I click and not drag, you'll notice then that it just simply adds. That does a good job. To subtract, hold down the Alt or Option key, and you can remove parts of the image that you don't want included. That worked pretty well. I just need to pick up a little bit up here. Let's press the left-bracket key to get a smaller brush, and click inside the image there to grab some more. Looking pretty good! I'll just zoom in to refine things.
Happy with that, spacebar will switch to the Hand tool. I'm just clicking to grow the pixels a little bit there, since it's a very soft feathered edge. Good! Left bracket, smaller brush, and notice, even though it's a gray object on a gray background, it's still properly detected the edges. Now this tool is newer to Photoshop, and if you're using a much older version of Photoshop, it may not be included.
But it's really, really powerful, and it's been around for a few years. And as we continue to click, it just refines it. You see there, it did a great job. Let's zoom on out. I've accurately selected the wing. So let's go ahead and click to add a Levels adjustment, and I just want to pull in the black point, and the white point to restore better contrast.
And you'll see there by just adjusting those input sliders, I can go ahead and basically relight the scene. So before the wing was there, but it just didn't pop. All I had was available sunlight to work with. But by adding a localized adjustment, I can make the light on the wing much more dramatic, and my subject really stands out.
- 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