Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting an object with hard and soft edges, part of Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth.
There will be times when you want to select an object that has both soft,…detailed edges, like this model's hair, and more well-defined smooth edges, like her skin.…You can often capture both hard and soft edges in a single selection, or mask,…using the improved selection and masking technology in Photoshop CS5.…To show you that, I've already made a rough selection around the model.…I'll load that that by going to the Select menu and choosing Load Selection.…I'll change the Channel menu to model, and I'll click OK.…
If you're making your own initial rough selection, you can use any of…the Selection tools.…I use the Quick Selection tool here, and then I chose the Subtract from…selection icon in the Options bar and used the Lasso tool to cut out these areas…where I could see through to the white background behind her.…The important point when you're making that rough selection is to leave out…the very fine detail at the edges because the Refine Edge controls just work better that way.…In the Layers panel, you can see that I'm working on the model 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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