The Beginner's Guide to Masking in Photoshop®

Lesson 3/10 - Quick Selection Tool


The Beginner's Guide to Masking in Photoshop®


Lesson Info

Quick Selection Tool

So you can click on the quick selection tool and you can use the bracket keys and the keyboard to make the brush size larger or smaller. And I can just click and drag and I can quickly select this person and if I go over the edge like I did in a couple areas I can use the same key for a shortcut, alt option on the Mac and click and drag, so notice now that I remove part of the area that went out of bounds there. For those of you that saw my tips and tricks class, you know that Adobe has a new technology called Adobe Sensei. It's Adobe's artificial intelligence. So Adobe can analyze the image and make a good guess as to what the main subject of the image is, and it will select it automatically for me. So in this case, I can select the quick selection tool and click on select subject. Photoshop and Adobe Sensei will analyze the image and it will make a selection, a really good selection out of that person. Now it doesn't always make a perfect selection. If it doesn't you can hold shift a...

nd use the quick selection tool to add to the areas that it didn't select. I'm going to show you an example that's a little bit more complicated which is that one, which is I believe the graphic for this course. So, she's got flowing hair, a busy background. Let's see how good Adobe Sensei does with a photo like this. When I click on select subject and Photoshop Sensei did a, excuse me, Adobe Sensei did a really good job. Obviously it didn't catch those fly away hairs but that's okay because we can work with these fly away hairs using different techniques, some of which I'll show you in the end of the class, which will be the last example that I show. We're going to work on this image on how to get hair like that in a, to mask it out. But anyway, so Photoshop, Adobe Sensei, did a good job in making the selection. So now I could simply click on the layer mask icon to create a new layer and then refine that from this point. Before we move on to the next example, I just want to mention that there are two really, really important selection tools, the lasso tool and the polygonal lasso tool. The lasso tool allows you to freehand the selection. So this actually works better if you have a tablet because you can actually draw a selection around whatever it is you want to select. And just like the other selection tools if you hold shift, you add to that selection. If you hold alt, you subtract from the selection, like so. And then we have the polygonal lasso tool which allows you to make straight lines like so so this will be great for making selections of buildings, boxes, anything, tables, anything like that that has a lot of straight edges. (clicking) So, so those are two tools that I use a lot with the quick selection tool.

Class Description

If you want complete control over of your retouching, compositing and designing in Photoshop®, you’ve got to know how to mask. The problem is, masking can be a confusing, hard-to-understand process. In this class, Jesus Ramirez will teach you advanced techniques that even beginners can follow to build excellent and editable masks. You’ll learn how to mask and extract objects in Photoshop® with Layer Masks, Clipping Masks, Blend if and more. The skills you learn will help you take your composites and retouching to the next level.


Gary Price

Probably mistitled as "for beginners" Moves very quickly, sometimes without clearly describing actions taken. This is fast paced and often assumes that the listener is very familiar with photoshop. Good tips if you are already familiar...