Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video A selection makes everything better, part of Photoshop: Selections (2013).
…The whole idea with selections is that you…tell Photoshop, which pixels you want to work with.…In the case with this image here, the goal is to make some targeted adjustments.…There's nothing wrong with the initial photo.…More so than any other photo could be critiqued.…But there are a few areas that I'd like to target with an isolated adjustment.…I've already applied a few adjustments.…And let me walk you through, what I've done here?…First off,…I applied a vibrance adjustment.…However, I didn't want to pop all the color in the image.…
So, by creating a selection first, to target just the hair.…I was able to use that to, mask the vibrant's adjustment.…And you'll see there that just the hair is taking on some richness of color.…And it's really popping and drawing in your eye.…Similarly,…I applied a filter. A slight blur to the object.…But I didn't want it to apply everywhere. So, by making another selection…of just my subject, I was able to use that as a mask on the Smart Filter.…
And this isolated the adjustment, so it only applied to the background.…
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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