Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting layer transparency, part of Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth.
You can create a selection based on image transparency in a layer with just one click.…Of course, first, you have to have transparent pixels in the layer.…Here, I started with this photograph with no transparent pixels, and I used the…Background Eraser tool, as I showed you how to do in an earlier movie, to isolate…the bamboo from its background.…The Background Eraser tool both selects and deletes pixels.…So, after I used it on this photo, this is what I was left with.…I'll make the bamboo layer temporarily invisible by clicking its eye icon, and…I'll click in the visibility field of the bamboo copy layer.…
So, this is the result of using the Background Eraser tool.…The gray-and-white checkerboard represents transparent pixels, and of course, the…bamboo represents pixels on this layer.…Now, I'm going to load a selection based on the transparent pixels on the bamboo copy layer.…I don't even have to have that layer selected;…all I need to do is move my mouse over the thumbnail on the bamboo copy layer,…
- 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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