Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Expand and Contract, part of Practical Photoshop Selections.
…The expand and contract commands are very useful, whether you're working with…a pure selection, or with something that's already been turned into a mask.…This makes it easy to grow or contract the selection to better control it.…In the case here, what I want to do is actually add some emphasis.…So, for example.…I took this image, made an initial selection, and…then popped the color a bit to add emphasis…on the chalk for this blackboard.…On the other hand, I took an image here where the background was very bright, and…I toned it down a bit to add a little bit of focus onto the flowers.…
Let me show you how that's done.…Cmd+0 will fill the screen. Alright, this is a…nice straight selection, so using the polygonal lasso, I'm going to click…to make my initial selection.…And as I do this, I'm purposely being a little bit sloppy…and I've accidentally grabbed some of the wood.…So if I make that adjustment here and start to pop the color.…There…you go.…You may notice a bit of fringing at the edge…there, see I'm just getting a little bit of that wood.…
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- 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