Posts tagged "Selections"

June 21, 2016

Select and Mask Taskspace in Photoshop CC (15.5)

Discover how the new Select and Mask taskspace in Photoshop CC makes creating selections and masks easier, more exact, and more efficient than ever before.

Below is additional information for working in the Select and Mask taskspace.

Tool and Properties Shortcuts

• For the Quick Select (W), Lasso (L), and Brush (B) tools, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) toggles Add To Selection to Subtract From Selection.

• For the Quick Select (W), Lasso (L), and Brush (B) tools, Shift toggles Subtract from Selection to Add to Selection.

• With the Lasso Tool selected, Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) toggles both Add To and Subtract From options to Intersect with Selection.

• For the  Refine Edge Brush  (R), Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) toggles Expands Detection Area to Restore Original Selection.

•In Select and Mask, painting with the Brush tool adds to or subtracts form the mask (it will not paint on the image).

• Control + Option -drag (Mac) | Alt + right click -drag (Win) left/right to decrease/increase brush diameter.

Control + Option -drag (Mac) | Alt + right click -drag (Win) up/down to increase/decrease the hardness/softness of the brush.

• Shift-click to paint a straight line between the first and subsequent clicks.

• All of the View modes have their own shortcut (listed next to the name of the view). Plus, “F” cycles through the views while “X” temporarily toggles off all views.

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• If you create a selection in Photoshop, choose Select and Mask and then modify the selection, clicking “Clear Selection” removes all masking while clicking the Reset Workspace icon (to the left of the cancel button) resets the selection to state when Select and Mask option was chosen.

• The first time you double click on a Layer Mask in the Layers panel, Photoshop displays a dialog asking what you would like double clicking on a Layer Mask to do. You can choose between View Properties (in the Properties panel) or Enter Select and Mask. This behavior can be changed later in Preferences >Tools > Double Click Layer Mask Launches Mask and Select Workspace.

• Select and Mask supports Bird Eye View for faster navigation within an image. When zoomed into an image, press and hold “H” (the image zooms out to fit in the window). Drag the zoom rectangle over the desired location and release the mouse. Release the “H” key – the image zooms to the chosen area and the selected tool remains unchanged. (Note: Birds Eye View requires GPU support.)

Additional advantages of the Select and Mask Taskspace:

• Select and Mask should be faster then the previous Refine Edge option because Select and Mask takes advantage of GPU.

• You no longer have to jump in and out of a modal state to refine the initial selection (using the Lasso, Quick Select or Brush tools).

• You don’t have to start with a selection, you can choose Select and Mask first and begin the selection process there.

• After choosing Select > Focus Mask, you can choose to go directly to Select and Mask.

• Select and Mask supports multiple undo, is actionable, and works with touch interface.

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February 16, 2016

Selecting Multiple Paths in Photoshop

There are numerous ways to select multiple paths in Photoshop:

• Shift -click with the Path Selection tool to select multiple paths on the same layer. Shift -click a selected path to remove it from the selection.

• Click-drag in the image area with the Path Selection tool to select multiple paths or, click-drag with the Direct Selection tool to select multiple line segments/anchor points.

• With either Path Selection tool selected, use the Select option in the options bar to select paths on the Active Layer or All Layers.

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February 20, 2015

Load Layer Contents as a Selection in Photoshop

To load the contents of any layer as a selection based on the opacity of pixels in the layer:
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on the layer thumbnail on the Layer’s panel.

• Command + Shift (Mac) / Control + Shift (Win) to add additional layers to the selection.

• Option + Command (Mac) / Alt + Control (Win) to subtract additional layers from the selection.

• Option + Command + Shift (Mac) / Alt + Control + Shift (Win) to create the intersection of multiple layers.

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February 18, 2015

Common Shortcuts for the selection tools in Photoshop

The Marquee, Lasso, Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools all share some common shortcuts that can help you when making more complex selections:
• Holding the Shift key and dragging with the tool will add to an existing selection.
• Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) and dragging with the tool will subtract from the original selection.
• Holding the Option + Shift (Mac) / Alt + Shift (Win) and dragging with the tool will produce the intersection of selections.
• Move a selection 1 pixel at a time using the arrow keys. Add the Shift key to move in increments of 10 pixels.
• Holding the Shift key while moving selection or layer using the Move tool will constrain the movement to multiples of 45° (0°, 45°, 90° etc.). Note: add the Shift key after you start moving the selection or layer.

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October 14, 2014

Feathering the Edges of a Selection Along the Edge of a Document in Photoshop CC

In previous versions of Photoshop, if you selected an area of an image that included an edge area and then chose Select >Modify > Feather, the Feather would be added to the entire selection. While this might be desirable in some instances, in the majority of cases, it would be ideal if the feather was only applied within the image (and not to the edges). As a result, in the current version, the engineering team has changed the default behavior so that they feather is not applied at the edge (the canvas bounds) of an image.

In this illustration the Quick Select tool was used to select the clouds. 

In this illustration the Quick Select tool was used to select the clouds.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option unchecked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image but was unaffected along the edges.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option unchecked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image but the selection was unaffected along the edges of the canvas.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option checked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image as well as along the edges.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option checked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image as well as along the edges of the canvas.

This is also true for the following commands:

Select > Modify > Smooth…

Select > Modify > Expand…

Select > Modify > Contract…

Note: the checkbox option will be remembered for each individual selection modification option. The checkbox default is Off on first launch as well as when the Photoshop Preferences are deleted.

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October 13, 2014

Modifying Selections in Photoshop CC 2014

In previous versions of Photoshop, when the entire document was selected (Select > All), the only available option under the  Select  > Modify menu was Border (the rest were grayed out). Now, you can choose to Smooth, Contract, Expand and Feather when the entire document is selected.

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October 28, 2013

Aligning Multiple Layers in Photoshop

If you have multiple layers and you need to align the content of the layers (left, right or center aligned), you can select those layers in the Layers panel and then, with the Move tool selected, choose the desired alignment option.

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In the illustration on the left, all of the circles are on different layers and all of the layers are selected. Then, with the move tool selected, the Align center option was chosen in the Options bar. The circles are aligned based on their locations.

If you want to align the layers to a specific location, use the marquee to select that location and then choose the alignment option.

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When a selection is made in the image (the dotted line in the image) and the align option is selected, the circles are aligned to the selection. 

 

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October 21, 2013

Color Range Improvements in Photoshop CC

There were some very useful  improvements made to Color Range in Photoshop CC. When choosing to select the Shadows, Midtones or Highlights in your image, there are now controls to modify the range and fuzziness – thus enabling you to be more specific in defining the areas in your image that you want to select based on luminosity values.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders. 

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September 25, 2013

Anchor Point Selection

Three really helpful improvements were made in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with regards to anchor point selection:

• Path point selection is no longer retained when switching between layers.

• Clicking on a selected anchor point will select that point and deselect others.

• With anchor points not currently visible on a path, clicking on the location of an anchor point will select that point without any extra clicks.

 

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September 16, 2013

Selecting Paths In Photoshop CC (v14.1)

In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.

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In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).

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August 15, 2013

Drag Select Multiple Paths in Photoshop CC

In Photoshop CC, you can use the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if they are on different layers. In previous versions, all of the shapes would have had to have been on the same layer to select them.

 

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February 7, 2013

Creating a Selection from a Layer or Mask in Photoshop

To load the transparency of a layer or the contents of a Layer Mask as a selection, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on a layer or layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel. You can then add, subtract or intersect the transparency mask of that layer (or any other layer) to that initial selection by right mouse clicking on the layer thumbnail, or with the following shortcuts:

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift to add additional layer and or layer mask to the selection.

• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) to subtract another layer and or layer mask from the selection.

• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift to create the intersection of two layers and or layer masks.

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January 11, 2013

Decimal Place Support for Tool Feather Attribute in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS6, the Marquee, Lasso, and Properties panel support more accurate feather values – including support for multiple decimal place values just like the feather dialog box (Select > Modify > Feather).

 

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June 22, 2012

Photoshop’s Mask Panel – Nondestructive Edge Softening

When adding a mask to a layer in Photoshop, instead of guessing at the size of a feather that should be applied (because we know that the feather amount will vary depending on the resolution of the image and the desired softness of the edge that is being feathered), use the non-destructive Feather option  on the Properties panel. To access the mask properties, click on the mask icon on the Properties Panel. Now, you can add a feather to soften an edge yet, if the image is resized or other adjustments need to be made at a later time, the feather can be appropriately adjusted.

And while you’re in the Properties panel, and the focus is on the mask, be sure to check out the non-destructive Density slider to reduce the opacity (density) of the mask.

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February 25, 2012

Lightroom – Selecting Every Other Image

Last week, I had a series of 600 images in a time-lapse series of some clouds moving over a mountain, but I only wanted to use 300 of them to turn into a short video clip in Photoshop. My dilemma was that I needed a quick way to select every other image. I adjusted the thumbnail view so that I could see as many thumbnail icons at one time, and made sure that there were an even number showing in the rows. Then I selected the Painter tool, loaded it with the Flag attribute and swiped from top to bottom along every other column. Once I had flagged every other image, I filtered by flag, chose select all, and then put the 300 images into a collection. Voila!

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