April 09, 2007

Nice demo of Quick Selection in PSCS3

Martin Evening has posted a great intro to using Photoshop CS3’s new Quick Selection tool together with the new Refine Edge* dialog.  He demonstrates using the tools together with a gradient map adjustment layer (a venerable tool that might get some "I-did-not-know-that"’s on its own) to replace the background in a photo.  Additional details, plus his downloadable PDF overview of Photoshop CS3 and Bridge, are on PhotoshopNews.com. [Via]

* What Martin quite modestly doesn’t mention is that it’s because of his urging–and engineer Jeff Chien’s late-stage efforts–that Refine Edge works not only on selections, but on channels & layer masks as well.  Seeing this demo makes me glad he talked us into it.

Posted by John Nack at 10:38 PM on April 09, 2007


  • Mathias Vejerslev — 5:49 AM on April 10, 2007

    Nice demo, and thanks to Martin for insisting on layer mask functionality. I did not know this was possible before Martins demo – although I had tried Refine Edge on a layer mask before with no success. – The difference was that the selection must be active when invoking Refine Edge. One little correction, if I may; Martin is using a Gradient adjustment layer – not a Gradient Map adjustment layer.
    [Hmm–it’s called Gradient Map in my copy of CS3. In any case, it’s a powerful tool that may be unfamiliar to a fair number of people. –J.]

  • Hanford — 1:14 PM on April 11, 2007

    Gradient Map is different than the gradient layer shown in the video.
    Gradient Map takes the brightness of each pixel and remaps it to a color in the Gradient ramp. It’s how I achieved most of the tinting on my homepage image:

    [Damn–this is why I need to stop blogging at 2am (well, among other reasons). I stand corrected. –J.]

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