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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 13 of 118

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 13 of 118

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020


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Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020

we're gonna head into selection essentials. Selections will allow you to isolate part of your picture, so whatever it is you're doing will not affect the whole image. And so they're kind of essential to really be ineffective in federal shop. There's a variety of tools that could be used for creating them. There's a lot of new additions in the newer versions of federal Shop, so let's jump in and take a look at what is possible. Now this image already has a selection within it, just so I can show you what it looks like in case you're new to photo shop. If I look at this image, you'll see that a particular area has its edge highlighted, and that's known as a selection. If you would actually look close at it, you'd see that this edge is actually kind of moving along clockwise, and it almost looks like a little bitty ants walking around. And therefore a lot of people refer to that as the marching ants. But any time you hear somebody say that they mean that edge, which indicates there is an ...

area selected, I'll show you the tool used to create them. But before we do, Let's look at why do I need a selection? What's it going to do for me? Well, whenever you have a selection active, then if you go to the image menu and you choose any one of these adjustments, let's say in this case, I chose the one called black and white. Well, usually it would affect your entire picture unless you had a selection with that selection active. When I choose black and white, it's only the area that was selected that is affected, and therefore, whatever I do here is only going to effect the selected area. A click cancel that is also true. If I were to go the filter menu in, apply a filter. In this case, I'm gonna use Blurring Ghazi and blur. It's the adjustable blur filter, and if I bring up the setting high enough so it becomes obvious, you'll see that it's on Lee blurring the area that was selected. Also, if you were to grab a painting tool and decide you wanted to paint across your image well, that paint would not apply outside of that selection, and it's only when you extend into the area that selected that you would see the change happening, and so selections are essential any time we want to work on. Only a small portion of the picture in selections also are related to other features and Futter Shop. If you ever heard here of somebody saying they need to mask something, they really mean they need to select something. Selections in masks go together. A mask is just when you would see this selection is something other than marching ants. Instead, you would see it as a black and white image where the area that is white would be selected in the area that is black would indicate what's not selected. If you want to see an example of that, I'll take the selection that's on my screen right now. I'll go to the select menu, and there's a choice here called Save Selection, and I'm saving this when I dio I can't type. So, uh, it puts it somewhere in the place that happens to put it is in a panel called the Channels panel. But here it is. Do you see that shape Well, Any time you see something, it looks like this where an area that's white indicates where something was selected in an area that's black indicates something that's not that could be described as a mask. It's just to say I isolated in an area somehow in photo shop, and it doesn't look like the marching ants. Instead, it looks like a black and white representation that's usually the same size as the document you're working on, and that's a mask. But the two are synonymous where you can have a mask attached to something like an adjustment. And then it's the equivalent to having a selection attached to something. So it limits where ever that thing can affect the image. But master the subject of a different class, I'll have a class on advanced masking that really means advanced selections. All right, let's take a look at the tools we use for making selections. I'm gonna get rid of this selection, and I can do that by going to the select menu. In choosing de select when you don't have a selection active on your screen, it's the same thing is having everything selected when you don't have a selection. It means I didn't try to isolate an area, and therefore I'm gonna affect everything that means any adjustments that I make, like that one I used called black and white will affect the entire picture. And if I were to do a filter like the blurring that I attempted earlier again, it's going to affect everything. And you could just as easily have gone to the select menu. There's a trois called all and that would make it so. Your entire image is selected and you'd see the marching ants all the way out on the edge of the picture where if I zoom out so you can see the entire picture, you see the marching ants out there so select all and nothing selected or, in general, the same concept. It means I'm working on everything. Uh, I'm gonna choose de select to get rid of that. There is an occasion when you do need to choose, select all one of those is if I go to the edit menu until I don't want to copy something. Well, when you don't have a selection, it means it doesn't know how much of the image you'd like to copy which portion of the image. And so if you wanted to copy the entire thing, you'd have to select all first, then it would let you copy. So but in general, select all and de select means work on the whole thing. I'm gonna use de select a lot. And whenever I do, I use the keyboard shortcut, its command D on a Mac, control D and windows for de Select. And I'll use that without thinking. Like right now. I wanted to get rid of the selection, and I almost typed it without mentioning.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • 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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Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


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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