Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics

Lesson 3/7 - Using Selections in The Quick Edit Mode


Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics


Lesson Info

Using Selections in The Quick Edit Mode

So there have got little guy he's got his teeth a little bit brighter right there, and I'd like to go in, and I would like to kind of bring up the color on him, but I would also like to kind of knock down the color in the background here, so when we're going in and editing an image, we may want to go ahead and isolate portions of the image in order to be able to color, adjust or manipulate just a certain section of the image overall, when we did all of our color adjustments here, we were doing this to the entire image, so we're going to jump over to our selection too well here and our comes our options for our selection tools here on our selection tool allows us to isolate an area in which we can go win, apply any type of adjustment or sharpen without having it affect the rest of the image. So I would like to go in and like little guy right here, and when I select my selection tools, here are my tools that come up, I have my quick selection tool, and then my selection brush the quick s...

election tool is pretty fantastic, it recognizes what it is that you're trying to select based on the size of your brush and when I start off here. I'm going to be an ad mode, and the reason why I want to do that is because when I click on a specific area for him to select, I want to make sure I have a small brush and I can always adjust the brush with right bracket makes it bigger left bracket makes it smaller, and when I click on a location that they would like to put a selection around and I click and drag, you'll see that the quick selection tool goes in and based on where I click and drag over, it finds similar colors and pixels, and so it kind of knows what it is that I want to select the key to this is don't go dragging at other places where you don't want things to be included, because if you d'oh, then weird stuff like this gets included, but not a problem. So what I'm going to do is I'm gonna zoom in here, grab my hand tool and move this down, and I see that his head isn't completely selected like I want to and there's a selection that goes beyond. Now, if this is selected and I decide to do some type of adjustment here, this is going to be included in the adjustment is going to look slightly weird, so with my selection tual active I want to go win and I would like to subtract from this election so that this portion is not included in this election here and I on ly touch what I want to remove from this election dead guy's hand back there and see that and that's looking a whole lot better. I would like to go in and at his arms, so I go back to the ad vote here I click on those sections where his arm gets added and his fingers too, and I also would like to include the chopsticks, so this election tool is way too big. I'm going to reduce the size of my brush substantially so that I get it well within the size of the area that I would like to select. Keeping in mind if I select too much or create too large of a selection tool, I'm going to select too much and it's not going to work for me. So I'm going to go back in here and I realized I selected some of the red I go to see my subtract and I can click on those and get rid of that red area so that just the selection around here, I'm moving my image around by holding down my space bar, which is giving me my hand tool. On ly while I have this held down I can always zoom in and zoom out using my command plus in my command minus and I'm going to then use my ad to select more of the chopstick command minuses going to zoom out or I can use my little zoom slider and now I've got the little guy selected this election's all around him just like I like I think I've got to add that collar in there too, so I'm going to click on my ad mode and I'm going to add that collar and there we go I'm gonna zoom back out and now I want to see if I did a good job isolating him right now I see what's called the marching ants around the image and this is going to allow me to isolate this so everything inside that selection is what I congar win and I can adjust using any of my adjustments but I'm not quite sure if that selection really looks good so once I have my selection where I wanted to go, I'm going to click on the refined edge and the refined edge is going to allow me to take that selection and allows me to go ahead and help clean up that selection there because if I were to go win and do a color adjustment here I would see that I get all these areas around him that don't look very clean and very good so if I go in and I feather my selection here what that does is that puts a softer edge around my selection this isn't actually what it's going to look like this is just how my selection is if I have a very hard edge selection think of a hard edge selection is when you're painting something and you put a piece of tape there you're going to get a very hard edge well I'd like to color a just him and have a kind of a soft edge so there isn't a very clear delineation between where I did the color adjusting in the background it's simply kind of fades or feathers so I can do that as well I can also go ahead and make my selection of a bit larger which isn't going to work in this case but I can also reduce the size of this election too and once I click ok this has done nothing but just simply adjust my selected area and that's what the refining edge does it takes this election and it makes it so that is going to look appropriate for when I go and apply any type of adjustment no adjustments over here I can go in and I can do exposure, lighting color all that kind of thing I also have the enhance menu as well which allows me to go in and enhance a whole bunch of things right here you'll notice that I can do the lighting in the color all of which I can do on the right hand side of my screen here but there's a little bit of a few extra things in here I can all and doing enhance and do an auto smart town or smart fixed which of course I have over here I can do auto levels which I don't have over there readily available auto contrast and if I do some auto color correction it will go in and it will just do what's inside this elected area so I can go in and I'm going to actually go in I'm going to work on the lighting a little bit here or maybe the exposure as well or the balance depending on what it is that I want to do here and just kind of adjust what's inside my selection so I'm gonna go to the exposure right here and I'm going to go ahead and expose that a little bit mortgage a little bit more highlight right there and you can see because I have that area selected that allows me to go win and adjust just that area separately from the rest of my image there's a little bit of red in there because there's a lot of red in the background so I'm gonna go jump down to my color here and I'm going to go in here and I can slide my hugh slider here, back and forth, which allows me to take a little bit of the read out at the yellow in there as well, if I want to make the whole thing more vibrant overall, I can make that a whole lot more vibrant, doing just this particular portion. Now, I think I've got this a lot better, so it's kind of brightens it up and separate it from the background here, but now I'd like to take the background and I would like to adjust the background so it's less intense now what most people would then go ahead and do as they try to go in and select the entire background here, but I'm not going to do that. What I'm going to do is I have a selection active I could go under my select menu and I can invert that selection to get everything else in the background selected so they can then effect that overall as well. So I can use any of my adjustments here to go in with that selection and be able to d saturate overall, maybe take the color out of it so that it becomes black and white and aiken de saturate that completely, which provides a very interesting effect right there, and as long as I have my selection active, anything that I do was only going to be affected inside that selection so there's several other things that I can do here I can use all of my adjustments aiken go under my enhances well and I can do anything that I want tio with this as long as my selection is active in there when I'm done with my selection and I don't wanna have this anymore I can go onto the select menu and jews d select which then gets rid of that selection and my selection goes away and now my entire image can be affected so with a d select there it is everything's gone if I did diesel elected by accident and I wanted to get that back I could always go into this select menu and shoes re select which is going to bring back the last selection that I had which is very handy to use now even though my last election was the background if I want to get little guy I could always go back and it's like the universe again if I ever wanted to isolate that to do any more work on it whatsoever maybe go in and change the color on this as well so that we take out some of the red a little bit different there change the vibrance and so on to get my image looking the way I want tio done with that selection d select and now I have my image adjusted via my selection selections or something that you're going to use quite often simply because going in and doing an adjustment on an image isn't going to be enough, you're going to want to go in and isolate the area in order to do whatever adjustments or fixes that you want to dio on your image. And so those selection tools are going to be here, and the quick selection tool is going to be the one that works the absolute best and the reason why, as the quick selection tool is very smart on how it works when I go, when I dragged over this, it basically knows what it is that you want to go ahead and select and basically runs around all those areas and fills the men command d is d select, by the way, gets word of this election, the other selection tools that we have are the selection brush that allows us to control the size at which we're going to select and that's literally everything that we click on in touch, there is no smart feature, so if I want to go in and I want to select something overall, I can go in and just use my brush, and I have to be very careful where I paint and wherever I paint with a brush or the cursor here that ends up being with my but my selection is going to be now there is no real quick feature to this whatsoever, whatever it is that I paint, there is my own. My selection is if I go over the area that I want to select, I can always go back into the subtract section and aiken with us attract and I can go over that area and that's going to take out the selection that I don't want there, and if I go to the ad that I can go in to the ad feature right there and I can add it back and that I can go and click on the subtract and get rid of that as well and add in a little bit more tedious, just using the basic selection selection brush, the quick selection tool is going to be the one that's going to work awesomely. Well now remember, when you have a selection around something, everything inside that selection is going to be affected. So when I'm done with this election, I want to make sure I go one of the select menu and she was d select so that I don't have that active or else anything else they do it's only going to be in that particular area right there, so there's my image, I've been able to go in and do some basic retouching kind of highlight him. D saturate the background a bit, too. A little bit of total work on their really nice and easy overall.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements lets you easily edit photographs and add artistic touches to your images. Join Jason Hoppe for Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics, as he walks you through all of the handy features found in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 13. 

Jason will help you get the most out of the easy-to-use tools in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements so you can quickly fix problems. You’ll learn how to: 

  • Adjust color and sharpen images 
  • Use layers and make adjustments
  • Share your images on any social network
  • Use photos in books, cards, and scrapbooks pages 
  • Create a custom slide show
You’ll learn how to simplify your editing process and how the face and geo-tagging features can help you stay organized.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is your lightweight alternative to working in Adobe® Photoshop® – learn how to get the most out of this powerful and practical tool. 

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



Very good overview of the program (PSE13). I had trouble at the beginning trying to understand where you got your photos to edit. It would have been helpful if I had been shown at the beginning how to get photos from the organizer. Otherwise lots of good information....

Isabel Weinger Nielsen

Just what I needed to get started in Photoshop Elements! I had no previous knowledge and class explained it all.