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Photoshop Selections: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

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Overview

Learn how to make better, more targeted image adjustments with the selection tools in Photoshop CC.

Take charge of Photoshop and hard-to-select objects like hair, fuzzy edges, and color ranges. This course teaches you how to make better, more targeted image adjustments with the selection tools in Adobe Photoshop CC. Rich Harrington shows how to make precise selections for masking, changing color and tone, or even storing transparency. Dive into the Select menu commands and the Marquee, Lasso, and Magic Wand tools, and then learn how to refine your selections with Expand and Contract, Smooth and Feather, Quick Mask, and other controls. Photoshop power users can discover advanced techniques involving the Color Range command and alpha channel selections. Finally, see how to leverage the smart image-analysis tools such as Content-Aware Fill and Face-Aware Liquify to make complex selections and adjustments.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
  • A selection makes everything better
1. What Are Selections?
  • Using selections for color and tone adjustments
  • Using selections to create masks
  • The Select and Mask workspace
  • Select All, Deselect, and Reselect
2. Getting Started with Photoshop Selection Tools
  • Tips, tricks, and techniques for selecting areas of an image in Photoshop
  • The Photoshop Marquee tools
  • The Photoshop selection lassos
  • Moving a Photoshop selection
  • Using the options bar for advanced selection control in Photoshop
3. The Wand Tools
  • The Photoshop Magic Wand tool
  • The Photoshop Magic Quick Selection tool
  • Using the options bar for advanced wand control in Photoshop
  • Saving tool presets
4. Refining a Selection
  • Using Expand and Contract in Photoshop
  • Grow, smooth, and feather a selection in Photoshop
  • Transforming a selection in Photoshop
  • The Inverse command in Photoshop
  • Adding to and subtracting from a selection
  • Refining a selection with the Quick Mask command
  • Improving selections with the Select and Mask command
  • Advanced control with the Select and Mask command
5. Power User Techniques
  • Using the Color Range command to select a color
  • Using the Color Range command to select a tonal range
  • Using the Color Range command to select skin tones
  • Creating a selection based on focus area
  • Using the Select Subject command
  • Making a selection with the Pen tool
  • Third-party masking plugins
6. Creating Selections with Channels
  • What are channels?
  • Creating a selection from a single channel
  • Saving a selection as an alpha channel
  • Refining channels with the Save Selection command
  • Creating a selection from two channels with the Calculations command
  • Saving channels with your output file
7. Content-Aware Fill
  • Making an initial selection for Content-Aware Fill
  • Refining the sample area for Content-Aware Fill
  • Controlling Content-Aware Fill output
  • Using selections and Content-Aware Patch
  • Using selections and Content-Aware Move
8. Face-Aware Liquify
  • Adjusting the selection points for Face-Aware Liquify
  • Refining an image with Face-Aware Liquify
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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