Posts tagged "Selections"

February 13, 2012

Photoshop – Making Selections

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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December 22, 2011

LR3 – Deselect All Images But One

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.


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August 24, 2011

Refine Edge

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:

Refine Edge = Extract on Steroids

And check out Dr. Russell Brown’s training video too!


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February 11, 2011

LR3 -Auto Advance to the Next Image

Holding the Shift key or turning on the Caps Locks will auto advance to the next image after applying a label, flag or rating.

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February 8, 2011

Video Tutorial – Mastering the Mysterious “Multi-Select” in Lightroom

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.

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September 10, 2010

Select All Layers

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.

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June 30, 2010

Refine Edge

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.

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June 14, 2010

Paste Special Options

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.

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February 12, 2010

Adding a Feather for a Soft Edge

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.

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January 7, 2010

Convert a Layer or Layer Mask into a Selection

•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.

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January 5, 2010

Transform a Selection or Path

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.

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October 30, 2009

Inverting the Quick Mask

Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) -click on the Quick Mask icon to invert the selection when entering Quick Mask mode.

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October 29, 2009

Quick Mask (Q)

Double click on the quick mask icon to access the Quick Mask Options dialog box to change color, transparency and opacity options.

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August 7, 2009

Magic Wand Tool

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.

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August 6, 2009

Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tools (W)

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.

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