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Selection Tools

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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14. Selection Tools


Class Trailer
1 Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 04:05 2 Bridge vs. Lightroom 06:39 3 Tour of Photoshop Interface 18:21 4 Overview of Bridge Workspace 07:42 5 Overview of Lightroom Workspace 11:21 6 Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents 08:19 7 How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:10 8 Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders 13:09
9 Developing Raw Images 30:33 10 Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs 09:12 11 How to Save Images 03:37 12 Using the Transform Tool 04:48 13 Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020 06:03 14 Selection Tools 05:55 15 Combining Selection Tools 07:37 16 Using Automated Selection Tools 17:34 17 Quick Mask Mode 05:07 18 Select Menu Essentials 21:28 19 Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 13:00 20 Align Active Layers 07:29 21 Creating a New Layer 06:15 22 Creating a Clipping Mask 03:02 23 Using Effects on Layers 11:24 24 Using Adjustment Layers 16:44 25 Using the Shape Tool 04:39 26 Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool 04:39 27 Masking Multiple Images Together 15:15 28 Using Layer Masks to Remove People 10:50 29 Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky 10:04 30 Adding Texture to Images 09:11 31 Layering to Create Realistic Depth 05:35 32 Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:29 33 Optimizing Grayscale with Levels 10:59 34 Adjusting Levels with a Histogram 03:37 35 Understanding Curves 06:18 36 Editing an Image Using Curves 18:41 37 Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 07:19 38 Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode 07:14 39 Editing with Blending Modes 08:04 40 Color Theory 05:59 41 Curves for Color 16:52 42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments 08:59 43 Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment 13:33 44 Match Colors Using Numbers 16:59 45 Adjusting Skin Tones 05:25 46 Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw 10:52 47 Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush 07:53 48 Retouching with the Clone Stamp 06:51 49 Retouching with the Healing Brush 04:34 50 Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools 13:07 51 Extending an Edge with Content Aware 03:42 52 Clone Between Documents 13:19 53 Crop Tool 10:07 54 Frame Tool 02:59 55 Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools 08:14 56 Paint Brush Tools 13:33 57 History Brush Tool 06:27 58 Eraser and Gradient Tools 03:06 59 Brush Flow and Opacity Settings 04:17 60 Blur and Shape Tools 11:06 61 Dissolve Mode 09:24 62 Multiply Mode 15:29 63 Screen Mode 14:08 64 Hard Light Mode 14:54 65 Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes 11:31 66 Smart Filters 11:32 67 High Pass Filter 13:40 68 Blur Filter 05:59 69 Filter Gallery 07:42 70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 04:43 71 Combing Filters and Features 04:45 72 Select and Mask 20:04 73 Manually Select and Mask 08:08 74 Creating a Clean Background 21:19 75 Changing the Background 13:34 76 Smart Object Overview 08:37 77 Nested Smart Objects 09:55 78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects 09:08 79 Replace Contents 06:55 80 Raw Smart Objects 10:20 81 Multiple Instances of a Smart Object 12:59 82 Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects 05:42 83 Panoramas 13:15 84 HDR 11:20 85 Focus Stacking 04:02 86 Time-lapse 11:18 87 Light Painting Composite 08:05 88 Remove Moire Patterns 06:11 89 Remove Similar Objects At Once 09:52 90 Remove Objects Across an Entire Image 05:46 91 Replace a Repeating Pattern 06:50 92 Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel 10:27 93 Remove an Object with a Complex Background 07:49 94 Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes 12:27 95 Warping 11:03 96 Liquify 14:02 97 Puppet Warp 12:52 98 Displacement Map 10:36 99 Polar Coordinates 07:19 100 Organize Your Layers 11:02 101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss 02:59 102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep 12:34 103 Blending Options: Blend if 13:18 104 Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image 06:27 105 Layer Comps 08:30 106 Black-Only Shadows 06:07 107 Create a Content Aware Fill Action 08:46 108 Create a Desaturate Edges Action 07:42 109 Create an Antique Color Action 13:52 110 Create a Contour Map Action 10:20 111 Faux Sunset Action 07:20 112 Photo Credit Action 05:54 113 Create Sharable Actions 07:31 114 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1 10:23 115 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2 07:57 116 Image Compatibility with Lightroom 03:29 117 Scratch Disk Is Full 06:02 118 Preview Thumbnail 02:10

Lesson Info

Selection Tools

So now let's see if we can make some selections in this image. I'm gonna start off with Simple selection to Wilson will progress into more complicated and advanced ones, and I'll start with the second tool that's found in our tool pound. And that is the marquee tool. The marquee tool is there to select rectangular in oval shaped objects, so it should work. Okay, here, let's say I wanted to only work on the door itself. What I could do with this tool is move my mouse to the lower left corner of the door, then click and hold down in drag to the upper right corner of the door. Let go. And now it's selected. And now, if I were to make a change like I wanted a black of my door, or let's just say I want a different colored door, I can come in here in. In this case, I chose an adjustment called hue saturation, so that's image adjustments, hue, saturation. There I could change the color of something, so I wanted a blue door and I got it. If I click outside the selection with the marquee tool, ...

so I'm not within it it will get rid of the selection this equivalent to choosing de select. And so that's a common convention. If you have a selection and you click outside of it, it usually means de select. Now I'd like to select the round portion of the door, and so I'm gonna go to my tool panel. I'm gonna click and hold down on that icon for the tool, and you'll find there's more than one tool in that slot. Here I can go the elliptical marquee tool in. Therefore, I can select round oval objects, but that tool works a little bit differently than you might expect. Watch what happens when I click right here. And I began dragging when I started to drag. You'll find that the selection isn't anywhere near where I initially clicked. I initially click near the upper left of my screen, and now the selection extends very far away from that, and it doesn't begin anywhere near where I collect. That's because there's something you need to know about selecting circles and ovals, and that IHS photo shop is thinking about a rectangle, even though you're not selecting something that's rectangular. So let's say I want to get the brown portion of the door, the round area. Well, imagine you had that, and you put it in a rectangular box, the smallest rectangular box that could contain that particular shape. If that was the case and it was the brown area that I'm thinking about, the upper left corner of that box would be approximately all right over here if you can see where my mouse is. And if that's the case, that's where I need to click with this tool. I click. And then I dragged towards the lower right and again I think about a rectangle I think about. If I took the brown circular area and put it in the smallest rectangular box I could get where with lower right corner of that box be? Wouldn't it be right about here? Well, that's exactly where I need to end up. So now I was able to select that round area, but it's not perfectly precise at the moment. If you look at the lower right area, I'm a little bit off. And so there's a tricky can use is long as he have not released the mouse button yet. If your mouse is still being held down. So you really still making this? Then you can press the space bar, so I have the mouse held down and the space bar. And if you have the space bar down, then when you drag, you move instead of changing the size of this. So now I could get the top edge tow line up just right, and then the left edge. It's kind of hard to tell where the left and should be, because it's kind of black ish in there. But then I can let go of the space bar, and then when I'm dragging, I'm no longer moving the overall position. I'm then changing its size so I can get that selected. I find a lot of people have troubles with what I just described because you'll end up letting go on the mouse button when you didn't mean to in, so I'll give you an alternative. If you need to select a round or oval object, you can start with this tool and simply make a selection that is larger than what you need. So that's a lot larger than what I need. Then go this select menu and you're going to find a choice called transform selection. It will only be there when a selection is active on your screen. But if I choose transformed selection now, I can grab the corner here in the upper left and bring it down. Get it to be looking at the left edge of the brown area. Get it to be exactly where I needed to be. If I want to reposition it, instead of grabbing the corners or the edges, click in the middle and you could just reposition it as a whole. And then I'm gonna grab the lower right, pull it in until it's the right size. The only problem with that is it's going to constrain the proportions. So if I attempt to drag the bottom edge up and I wanted to Onley effect the height, I don't want it to affect the width, you'll see that it is affecting the width. In order to prevent it from doing that, you need to hold down the shift key when you drag. If you hold shift, it means do not constrain the proportions. Do not keep the width and height to be, um, the same ratio anyway. Now I could get it to line up and I press return or enter when I'm done, and now I have that

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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