October 27, 2009

Adobe TV: Removing distortions, using Quick Select

These recent posts on Adobe TV might be up your alley:

Photoshop With Matt Kloskowski: Removing Distortion from Wide-Angle Photos

Wide-angle lenses often introduce distortion into photos. Tall buildings look like they’re leaning over, and, depending on how close you are to your subject, some things may look like they’re bulging or curved. This tutorial will show how to fix that.

Photoshop for Digital Photographers: How to Train the Quick Selection Tool

Improve the quality of your selections by first training the Quick Selection Tool. This simple technique shows you how to make better, more accurate selections in half the time.

Posted by John Nack at 6:53 AM on October 27, 2009

Comments

  • BH — 7:46 AM on October 27, 2009

    I’m curious. Does Adobe scrub these submitted videos for technical accuracy? For example, is the “training” aspect of the Quick Selection Tool actually in the code, or is it part of the mythology of the tool that was established through potentially inaccurate descriptions of the tool when it was introduced? I don’t mean to imply that the video was in any way inaccurate, but I often wonder how much technical truth is behind some of the tips you see from third parties.

  • Stormchild — 5:01 PM on October 27, 2009

    These tutorials leave me yearning for tips that are aimed at a more advanced audience. I find it excruciating to sit through the over-explaining of every detail of the process, right down to spending 30 seconds demonstrating how to select a tool in the toolbar. Good god. Get to the effing point. That 10 minute video on quick selection could have been boiled down to ONE paragraph of text. What a waste of time and bandwidth.
    I’m sure there are legions of users out there who aren’t as familiar with the application, but one has to wonder whether anyone really wants to listen to someone over-enunciate and over-explain how to “click on the menu by moving the mouse cursor on top of it and then pressing the left mouse button once, and then click on the item that says quick select, and make sure not to click on this other one called magic wand because that is a different tool and that is not the one we are looking for in this particular situation” and so on? There’s a difference between a good explanation and patronizing pablum, and many of these videos have clearly crossed that line.

  • James Sinks — 9:25 PM on October 27, 2009

    I was wondering exactly the same thing as you while sitting through the over-long, overly-explained selection video.
    Interesting technique, but is it for real or not?

  • Ken — 7:45 AM on October 29, 2009

    John,
    I just got back from 3 weeks in Egypt,Istanbul,Greece,and Italy doing a lot of shooting.
    I have up to this point ever gotten much use from the quick selection tool. I think now I can use it, now that I can make use of on my new Photos from the Middle east.
    http://www.photoshop.com/user/klaw/?trackingid=BTAGC&wf=share&galleryid=6cfa5dc3bb8b44d7a38ef7680d6bbf1c
    This is a link of some samples of my trip via photoshop photo album site

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