Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 2 - Great Selections
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Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 2 - Great Selections

A guide to creating amazing images using the newest version of the industry’s preferred software.
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Created by John Warren
Last updated 2/2014
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  • 2 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course you will be able to …
  • Make selections using the Rectangular Marquee and the Elliptical Marquee Tools
  • Make selections using the Lasso Tool, the Polygonal Lasso Tool and the Magnetic Lasso Tool.
  • Determine when to use the Magic Wand Tool as opposed to the Quick Selection Tool
  • Effectively use the Refine Edge Tool to modify your selections
  • Make selections based on colour
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 & CC

This is Volume 2 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs. These courses in Adobe Photoshop (Volumes 1 through 5), start right at the very beginning assuming that the learner has no experience in using the application.

First of all, why would you ever need to make a selection? Well, if you have ever wanted to make a change in your image on a specific part of the image, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a selection. You see, selections allow you to isolate areas that you want to make a change in and protect the other areas from that change. Learning how to use all of the selection tools properly will allow you to make these changes to your images so your viewers won’t know you did anything to your image.

Lecture 1: The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools

Knowing how to use these selection tools will assist you in making great selections. Have you ever wanted to make a selection of a square object in your image(s) but were not successful? Knowing how to modify the Rectangle Marquee selection in order to create a perfect square is just one thing you’ll learn in this volume. have you ever wanted to enhance or modify the moon (or any other circular object) in one of your images? Knowing how to modify the Elliptical Marquee selection tool will allow you to make these changes in an undetectable way to your viewers.

Lecture 2: The 3 Lasso Style Selection Tools

Probably one of the most often used selection tools is the Lasso Tool. The main Lasso Tool is what we call a “free hand style” drawing tool. Just click and drag around the area that you want to change. But what if you wanted to select an object that has straight lines and curved lines? Or what if your hands are not as steady as you would like but you still need to make a selection - try the magnetic lasso tool.

Lecture 3: The Selection Brush and the Magic Wand Tools

The Selection Brush is relatively new to Photoshop. Not everybody fully understands how to use this selection tool, but you will. the Magic Wand Tool is probably the absolute most used selection tool in Photoshop. In this lecture I will show you how to fully use it for amazing results.

Lecture 4: Adding to and subtracting from a Selection

What if your selections are not perfect on the first attempt and you need to add some more to the selection or take away some of it. This lecture will teach how to modify your selections by adding some more to your current selection or by taking away some of the stray areas that should not be part of the selection.

Lecture 5: Modifying your Selections

More on modifying your selections. Creating that transitional edge between the part that is selected and the part that you want to protect from your changes is critical to making believable enhancements. What if your selection is the right shape but it is too large or too small. You will learn how to manage these situations with your selections in this lecture.

Lecture 6: The Refine Edge Feature

Years ago we had this great feature in Photoshop called the Extract Tool which would allow us to extract say a person from an image so we place that person in another image easily. Well, that tool has been replaced by the Refine Edge Tool and it is really amazing to use. As it’s name indicates, it allows you great flexibility in refining the edges of your selections.

Lecture 7: Making Selections Based on Colour

A quick and easy way to make selections in your images can be to base that selection on colour. In this lecture you will learn how to say, select a blouse or pair of slacks in order to change their colour or brightness making that selected object either darker or lighter.

Lecture 8: Select and Fill in Just One Click

The paint bucket tool has had a bit of a facelift in recent versions of Photoshop and understanding how and when to properly use this selection tool in what you will learn in this lecture.

Who this course is for:
  • Those that have little or no experience using Adobe Photoshop
  • Those that are self-taught and don’t know what they don’t know
  • Anyone who is thinking of writing the Adobe Certified Expert Exam
Course content
Expand 8 lectures 01:19:30
+ Creating Great Selections in Adobe Photoshop
8 lectures 01:19:30

This lecture discusses how to use the rectangular and elliptical marquee tools as well as how to modify a selection once if has been made by either adding to it or subtracting from it.

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In this lecture I discuss the differences between the three lasso tools and how and when to use them.

The 3 Lasso Style Selection Tools

Here I discuss the the quick selection brush and how to use this favorite tool.

The Selection Brush and Magic Wand Tools

Understanding how to add to and subtract from the selections you make is key to enhancing those selections.

Adding to and Subtracting from a Selection

In this lecture I talk about various ways to use the selection tools to end up with the selection you are after.

Modifying Your Selections

This is an in depth discussion on the refine edge feature. This feature allows us to modify our selection visually - really cool.

The Refine Edge Feature

Now I will show you how to make selections based on colour.

Making Selections Based on Colour

The Paint Bucket tool is explained in this lecture. Not a lot of people really understand how this tool works.

Select and Fill in Just One Click