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Quick Selection Tips

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Quick Selection Tool

Ben Willmore

Quick Selection Tips

Ben Willmore

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Lesson Info

4. Quick Selection Tool

Lesson Info

Quick Selection Tool

Now sometimes you'll end up using automated tools that make it much faster to make selections on one of those tools would be the quick selection tool the quick selection souls found just below the lasso and if you don't see it in your tool panel that's because there's more than one tool in that slot you might see the magic wand instead. If that's the case, just click and hold on the magic wand to get to it with the quick selection tool you are presented with a brush, you can change the size of that brush the same way you change the size of any brush you've ever used all often use the square bracket keys on my keyboard just because I'm old school and used to that been in there for decades being ableto press the brackett keys, but I'm going to come in here and try to select this and all you do with quick selection tool is paint over the area you want and you make sure you don't get any over spray under the surroundings. Well, the problem here is if you look at this particular object I'm ...

attempting to select look at the bottom of it, the area down here do you see how it kind of disappears into the shadows and that can make it so this tool doesn't really know the difference between the bottom of that object in the surrounding image so if I attempt to select the area over here, I click and I drag and it starts spreading out does a great job with the top, where you can visually see the difference, but when I get down to the bottom, I'm guessing after about here, it's not going to be able to tell all that much of a difference between the bottom of that object and the rest of the image makes sense. So whenever that's the case before I end up making my selection, what I end up doing is I create an adjustment layer. You go to the bottom of your layers panel there's, a half black and half white circle, and you want to choose any adjustment you're comfortable with that would brighten your image, so just keep things simple. I'll try brightness and contrast, I rarely use this adjustment, but the main thing is anybody watching can most likely figure out how it works, and all I'm going to do is brighten the image up ridiculous, so that now I can visually see the difference between my object and surroundings. And now, if I go back to my quick selection tool, the only thing I need to do is make sure that that tool can work on more than one layer, because with default settings that usually looks at a single layer, whatever layers active and if you look at my layers panel, the picture itself is on the layer below it's not on the layer that's active the way you make sure it's khun work on more than one layer is at the top of your screen there's this icon right here or in some versions of photo shop. Instead of being an icon, this might be a check box or a pop up menu that says sample all layers, but if that's not turned on, then when I click and drag here, it might not be able to grab things in this case it's doing fine, but on a lot of images you'll find if you actually have a, uh, complex image where each piece is on a separate layer, it won't be ableto quite tackle it, but now I'm assuming I'll be able to do a better job down here at the bottom of that object because we could actually visually see the difference in once I'm done getting the selection that I'm needed, what I'll do is just throw away the adjustment layer because it was only there to help this election tool and therefore, you know, I can keep going.

Class Description

Learn how to take advantage of Photoshop’s powerful Selection tools and take your image editing skills to the next level.

Join Ben Willmore and explore everything you need to know to quickly select complex objects and refine selections in seconds. You’ll learn how to remove complex backgrounds (like trees and other naturescapes), precisely select smoke, and work with translucent objects. You’ll leave this course ready to make much more effective selections.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



I love learning from Ben Willmore! He has such a friendly, casual style I just love watching him in action. But he never wastes my time, he attacks his topic forcefully, stays focused on his teaching, and I have learned so much watching his videos. Ben is terrific and I strongly recommend this and his other courses on CreativeLive.

Julie Coder

Excellent class! Ben has a very clear presentation style so it's easy to follow along. I appreciate seeing the diverse approaches to selections, and some creative uses as well. Thanks so much!


I am a beginner in PS. I had been struggling with it for about 6 months until I took Ben Willmore's Photoshop 101. I have had many "aha" moments, but still learning. I decided to get "Quick Selections" because I was looking for shortcuts and quicker ways to process my photography. I am only half way through the course and it has already paid for itself in time that it will save me. It has also opened my eyes to greater possibilities in editing. Ben Willmore is an excellent instructor. His style is laid back, but thorough.