Selecting a part of any image, can be considered as the building block of image editing, and no doubt Adobe Photoshop takes this seriously. There exist 9 unique Photoshop selection tools for easy photo editing.
In this tutorial, we will discuss the most widely used selection tool of Photoshop CS3+, namely Quick Selection Tool. Along with Refine Edges feature, this photoshop selection tool can select almost any type of object in an image.
Photoshop Selection Tutorial
1. Open your desired image in Photoshop. I will use the image shown below in this tutorial with Adobe Photoshop CS4.
2. Now, right-click the background layer & choose Layer from Background. In the New Layer dialog box, click OK to convert your background layer into a new Layer for us to work upon.
3. In this tutorial, I will be selecting the cute dog. Now, choose Quick Selection Tool from the tool palette on left of Photoshop, or press W.
4. From the settings bar at top (below menu bar), choose Add to Selection brush type, select a suitable size for your brush, keep Hardness at maximum & Spacing at lowest. Also, check Auto-Enhance & Sample All Layers checkboxes.
Tip: Small Brush Size enhances accuracy.
5. Now simply click & drag your cursor over the part of image that you want to select (the dog in our case). This amazing Photoshop Selection Tool will automatically try to find edges to give you the best selection around your subject.
No need to be very accurate right now, just make a very rough selection around your subject, we can eliminate the non-required parts of the image from our selection later.
6. Now that you have covered each part of your subject in the selection, we will eliminate the extra area that we do not want in our selection. For this, press & hold Alt button and click on such non-required area to subtract it from your selection.
You might want to Zoom in to effectively subtract non-required area.
Tip: Press Open Square Bracket ([) to decrease & Closed Square Bracket (]) to increase brush size while selecting.
7. If you zoom in, you will find that your selection has jagged edges. No worries, with the quick selection tool still selected, right-click on your selection & choose Refine Edges…
8. In View Mode section, click on View to bring a drop-down menu & choose On White or press W. This will bring your selected subject on a white background, so you can easily see the edges & fix them.
9. Now in the Adjust Edge section, adjust the Smooth slider to smoothen the edges of your Photoshop selection. Use the Contrast slider to increase the contrast of the edges so that they don’t look feathered & blurry.
Tip: Feather will fade in the edges, while Shift Edge will shift the edges of your selection a little away from what you originally selected. So, it’s recommended that you do not touch these settings. Also, leave alone the Edge Detection section.
10. In the Output section, click the Output To drop down menu & select where you’d like to export your final refined selection. Choose Selection to get the output back in your original layer.
11. So here is what your final selection around the subject will look like.
Go ahead and do whatever you want to, with that selected subject. You can change its background, or put it into another image & so on.
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