Sometimes it’s easier to make a selection of an object if the contrast between the subject and the background is greater. In order to temporarily add more contrast, try adding an adjustment layer (such as Curves or Levels), and boost the contrast significantly. Then, then make the selection and, when finished, discard the adjustment layer.
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To deselect all images and only select the one clicked on, click in the gray slidemount area around the photo’s thumbnail in Grid view. Click here for more information about Mastering the Mysterious Multi Select in Lightroom. This video was first published on 2011-02-08.
If you used the Extract feature in past versions of Photoshop, and are looking for a tutorial on how to move to the improved technology found in Refine Edge, visit Mark Wheeler’s post here:
And check out Dr. Russell Brown’s training video too!
Holding the Shift key or turning on the Caps Locks will auto advance to the next image after applying a label, flag or rating.
In this episode of the Complete Picture, I will reveal essential shortcuts and little known features that will make navigating the grid view in Lightroom far more efficient.
Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + A will select all layers. Note that hidden layers are included in this selection, however the Background is not selected with this shortcut.
Note: to convert the Background into a layer, drag the Lock icon (on the Background layer in the Layers panel) to the trash.
Command Option (Mac) / Control Alt (Win) + R displays the Refine Edge Dialog box.
In addition, each View Mode has it’s own keyboard shortcut:
• Marching Ants = M
• Overlay = V
• On Black = B
• On White = W
• Black and White = K
• On Layers = L
• Reveal Layers = R
Plus, tapping the:
• “F” key will cycle through the view modes (adding the shift key cycles backwards)
• “X” key will temporarily turn off the view mode, displaying the original
• “P” key toggles the Preview on and off
• “J” key toggles the Radius on and off
Use the “Remember Settings” option to change the defaults to your preferred settings.
PSCS5 – In order to preserve object coordinates when pasting from one document to another use Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place.
Another feature often overlooked is the ability to past content into a selection. To do so, make sure that the document has an active selection, then choose Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into. The content is pasted into the center of the selection and, at the same time, the selection is converted into a layer mask.
Edit > Paste Special > Past Outside also creates a layer mask from the current selection, but inverts the mask as it pastes the content.
Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + D is the shortcut to add a feather to a selection. But remember, in Photoshop CS4, if you’re adding a soft edge to a mask, I find that using the nondestructive Feather slider in the Masks panel much more flexible.
•Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on a layer or layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to load it as a selection.
• 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.
The next time that you want to transform a path or selection choose Select > Transform Selection (or Select > Transform Path) instead of Edit > Free transform which always transforms the content of the layer.
Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) -click on the Quick Mask icon to invert the selection when entering Quick Mask mode.
Double click on the quick mask icon to access the Quick Mask Options dialog box to change color, transparency and opacity options.
To select similar colors throughout the image with the Magic Want tool (as opposed to being restricted to those similar pixels that are touching) uncheck the “Contiguous” option in the Options bar.
Also, while using the Magic Wand tool, tapping the return/enter key will automatically highlight the Tolerance option for the tool in the Options bar and allow you to enter a numeric value.
Both the Quick Selection and Magic Wand tools make selections based on the color sampled. When using the Quick Selection tool, checking Auto-Enhance can help reduce rough edges of the selection in transitional areas. For more control after making a selection, (when using either Quick Selection or the Magic Wand tool), select Refine Edge from the Options bar and use the dialog box to further fine tune your selection.
Both tools will also sample similar colors on multiple layers – simply check the “Sample All Layers” feature in the Options bar.