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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 15 of 118

Combining Selection Tools


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 15 of 118

Combining Selection Tools


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Combining Selection Tools

we can combine selection tools. So in this case, what I'd really like is not only this round portion, but I either want to get rid of the door, or I want to add the door to it. And so I'm going to switch back to the normal marquee tool, and let's figure out how to add to or take away from a selection. When you're in a selection tool in the options bar at the top of your screen on the left side, there should be some icons right here. Those icons determine what happens if you click with this tool. A second time in the default is the one on the far left. If I hover over it and pause, it will give me a tool tip indicating what it means. It means make a brand new selection. That means replace the selection that already exists. Therefore, if I move my mouse near the upper left of my picture, I click and I drag the selection I had previously goes away as it makes this new one, I'll choose undo the second icon that is there. If I hover over it, it means add to the selection that's already exis...

ting. So if I click that icon before I click and drag within my picture, then when I make a new selection, it simply adds to the one that's already there. I'll choose Undo because I wasn't careful with where I clicked and I'll go to the lower left of the doorway. I'll click and I'll drag up like this to try to include that lower portion. So now we've combined to selections. If I go back up here and I go to the third icon, the 3rd 1 is called Subtract from Selection, and if I click on that now, I can take away from this. So if I don't want the blue portion, which is the doorway itself, then I'm gonna start near the bottom of my selection just outside of the area that selected already. Ah, click and I'll drag up like this. You get all the way up to where the blue edge of the door is, and now, because it's set to subtract from the selection, now have an area selected that is three round portion that is brown along with the frame that is around the doorway. So that means on the right and left edges. So maybe I want to come in here now in a just that all again go to hue and saturation because that has a huge slider which allows me to shift the colors of things. And we'll do that. So we've changed up the color. Now what I'd like to do is the area that is above the door. There is a area that has a curve top at a flat bottom that's directly above the door. I would like to select and work on that separately. So up here in the upper left of my screen, there is the last of those four icons. And if I hover over it, it's called Intersect. With selection, you could think of that as meaning. Let's crop the selection we already have. So we only keep the portions that are contained within the next selection I'm making. So I'll come in here knowing that I'm going to crop the selection So Onley where it overlaps the selection I'm currently making. I'm gonna click on the left edge of the door and I'm going to drag up like this and let go, and it gives me on Lee the area where those two selections overlapped, and it's extending down further than I need. So I'll start a selection up here, come down like this and just that much the head crop within their now I just have that top portion. So if I want to make that a different color again, I can go here to hue and saturation and let's see if we can end up getting that to be maybe a more of a reddish and maybe bring up our lightness a little. But you've seen how I've been able to isolate various portions in this image and now choose de select cause I want to work on the entire picture now. I showed you that using the icons that were found in the options bar at the top of my screen. But to be honest, I never click on those icons. Instead, I haven't set to the default setting, which is on the far left, which is the one that would get rid of a selection and create a brand new one. And that's because I can do every thing we did with those icons using my keyboard. If you're gonna end up using photo shop on a daily basis would be useful to get used to the keyboard shortcuts. Forward those. So let's take a look. First, I'm gonna make a selection of the rectangular portion of the doorway, so I'll click in the lower left of the door, drag up like this since I know I'm going to select the whole circle. It doesn't matter how high I go, as long as I go above right about here where the circle would start intersecting with it. Now I want to select the round portion of the door and I'm not sure why it's doing this. We have this wierd. It shouldn't be showing this part of the selection because the actual edge extends down here. That's an odd little screen redraw issue that shouldn't be happening to see where anyway. Now I want to add to it, so I'm going to switch to the elliptical marquee tool before I click the mouse button. I need to hold down a key on my keyboard. And if you watch these little icons up here when I hold down the shift key Oh, I thought that was gonna push in, but it didn't. It's does the equivalent to that. So I'm gonna press and hold down the shift key. If you actually look at my mouse, it usually looks like this When I hold shift, you see a plus sign indicating I'm gonna add to my selection. So I'm holding shift. I'm gonna guesstimate where With the upper left corner of a rectangle B that contains that circle I click and after I click as long as my mouse button is held down I can let go of my keyboard because it's on Lee. The absolute moment that I clicked that it matters If I was holding shift or not. After that you can let go so I can hit space bar here in reposition this Let go Space bar there. I've added to my selection to take away from my selection. What? I end up doing this. If you look at my mouse here, If I hold down the option key, which is Alton Windows, you'll find a negative sign appears in. Therefore I can come into her hold option and I'm gonna take away the blue portion of the door. Can't do it with that tool. I can choose. Undo Forgot to switch to the rectangular one, but I'm holding option Alta windows so I could get that. Now I want to get the intersection. I want to crop the current selection so I only get it within the area that I draw to do that. If you watch my mouse again, I'm gonna hold on both shift and option at the same time and I get a little X. That X indicates it's gonna give me the intersection. I'm gonna click like this, drag down, and if it's not positioned exactly the way you need space bar lets me move it. But it's on Lee the moment I click my mouse button when I have to be holding down those two keys after you click the mouse. As long as you have the mouse down, you don't have to continue holding them in there. I could get our section, so I get used to those keyboard shortcuts. Therefore, I don't have to use the I consider found up here at the top of my screen unless I really want to. If use Futter shop just every once in a while, you use the icons, and if you use Photoshopped daily, get used to the keyboard shortcuts

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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