Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Expand and Contract, part of Photoshop: Selections (2013).
…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