Quick Selection Tool

The ability to select an object from an image to move it from the background or isolate it to make special corrections / actions was certainly always available in earlier versions of Photoshop. People see the problem as a selection. For example, cutting out or highlighting disheveled hair from a background is a problem for many people. Some of the pixels that make up the image of the hair are constantly mixed with the pixels that form the background.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 includes a saving selection tool that gives users great control over the quality of the selection. He is named Quick Selection Tool, you will find it in the toolbar paired with the tool Magic Wand (Magic wand). Adobe recognized the superiority of this tool over Magic Wand (Magic Wand) so much so that the toolbar placed it along with it (Magic Wand is now in the drop-down menu for these two tools).

Quite a few words … let me show these words in action. Let’s start with an image from Photos.com:

Step 1.

Quick Selection Tool

Quick Selection Tool hidden in the toolbar and something like Magic Wand (Magic Wand).

Quick Selection Tool

Like many other tools, Quick Selection Tool takes the form of brushes. Therefore, we say “draw” the selection. Select a large-sized brush with soft edges and, if the brush overlaps the edges of the object, reduce its size to improve the selection and reduce the possibility of pixels from the background.

Step 2. This tool is so good … It seems to me more intuitive and accurate than Magic Wand (Magic wand). You do not need to paint over the entire required area, the tool itself adjusts the selection, paint over the areas only to determine the selection and edges.

Quick Selection Tool

Step 3. What to do when an undesirable area is selected? Just reduce the size of the brush, then hold down Alt, erase the area!

Quick Selection Tool

Quick Selection Tool

Step 4. What if we removed the selection? If we cut the object from the background, and its edges turned jagged or blurred?

We haven’t finished yet. Not only can you check the selection before applying, you can also refine it and see how it will look in Quick Mask, on a black or white background, and even as a mask layer.

In the settings panel there is a button called ‘Refine Edge’ (Refine Edge) (Note Select> Refine edge. (Selection> Refine Edge). It opens the dialog box for the selection tool. In it you can adjust Radius and Contrast (Contrast) and blur the selection, reduce or increase the size of the selection (by small values), smooth the edges of the selection to remove the “stubs” without blurring the edges and perform other combinations of these settings to refine the edge. You can look at the correction in real time, ensuring before use that the selection is exactly as you want.

Quick Selection Tool

The selection, adjusted to your taste, you can accept and reduce the size of the image, edit it without changing other objects or background, etc.

Step 5. This is a brief overview, but I hope that it gave you a general idea of ​​such a long-awaited and powerful tool in the world of Adobe Photoshop. Do not take my words at face value … Try it yourself! You will be amazed at the result!

Quick Selection Tool

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