Photoshop Selections and Masks
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Photoshop Selections and Masks

Learn all the tools to make better selections and masks.
4.4 (11 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
255 students enrolled
Created by Lisa Catalano
Published 9/2012
English [Auto]
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  • 11 downloadable resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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This is a Photoshop course covering how to using the Selection and Masking tools. These tools are extremely important to doing work in Photoshop and this class can help you understand how the wide range of tools work and which tools are best for which job.

This course was filmed in Photoshop CS5, but should work for anyone using CS4, CS5 or CS6.

Course content
Expand all 64 lectures 04:57:04
+ Day 1 - Basic Selection Tools
10 lectures 54:44

Learn what we will cover in the class. 

Preview 01:53

Watch this video to make sure you understand how the workspace is set up. Get a brief overview of some of the shortcuts that will be used often in the series.  

Preview 04:20

Download these files so you can work along with the videos. 

Day 1 Files
4.7 MB

Learn the basics of making selections in Photoshop and some of the shortcuts that work across multiple commands. 

Preview 04:30

Learn the simplest of the selection tools, the Marquee Tools. These tools allow you to select a rectangular or elliptical area with your mouse. 

The Marquee Tools

The Lasso Tools are also simple selection tools that allow you create selections by dragging your mouse around an object. These tools are not always the most precise, but they are helpful in many different situations. 

The Lasso Tools

The Quick Selection tool is another basic selection tool that works well for areas with well defined edges. Watch the video to learn how this tool will work best and what situations it is good for. 

The Quick Selection Tool

The Magic wand tool makes selections based on Color. There is a more precise command called Color Range, but in a pinch, for simple selections, the Magic Wand tool works fine. 

The Magic Wand Tool

Understanding the ways you can combine the multiple selection tools will allow you to make more complex selections. Learning the shortcuts will not only make your work flow faster, but will help you make these combinations better. 

Shortcuts and Combining Selections

Download these reference sheets on the tools you learned today, for future reference. 

Reference Sheets
297.8 kB
+ Day 2 - The Color Range Command and Refine Edge
11 lectures 49:44
Day 2 Intro

Download this file to get the images for today's exercises. 

Day 2 Files
7.2 MB

An introduction to the powerful Color Range command. 

Color Range

Understanding the differences between these two commands which make selections based on color. 

Compare Color Range to Magic Wand

Using the Color Range tool works well on things like reflections where you only want to partially select pixels. 

Color Range and Reflections

The Refine Edge tool allows you improve your selections and output them in different ways. 

Introduction to Refine Edge

Learn how to adjust the edges of your selections using the Adjust Edge section of the Refine Edge tool. 

Refine Edge: Adjust Edges

The Refine Edge command allows you to output your selection to new layers, layer masks or a new document. 

Refine Edge: Output

The Edge Detection tools are new in Photoshop CS5 and they are very powerful. This video explains how they work. 

Refine Edge: Edge Detection

Some of the tools from Refine Edge can be found from the Select Menu. If you have an earlier version of Photoshop without Refine Edge, you can use this menu instead. 

The Select Menu

Download the reference sheets for the tools we used today. 

Day 2 Reference Sheets
265.4 kB
+ Day 3 - Layer Masks and Selections
15 lectures 01:08:03
Day 3 Intro

Download the images for today. 

Day3 Files
9.0 MB

If you have Photoshop CS4 or earlier, download this file and to use after the initial selection is made with Refine Edge. If you are using Photoshop CS5, you do not need this file.

16.0 MB

A layer mask is a way to hide or show parts of your layer. Layer masks control the transparency of your layers. 

Layer Masks - Controlling Transparency
Creating Layer Masks

The beauty of layer masks is that they are non-destructive and can be edited easily. 

Editing Layer Masks

The beauty of layer masks is that they are non-destructive and can be edited easily. 

Editing Layer Masks
More Layer Mask Editing

Selecting hair is a challenge, but Photoshop has some new tools to make it easier. 

Selecting Hair

The Mask Panel was introduced in Photoshop CS4 and can be helpful when working with Masks. 

Mask Panel

The History Panel isn't directly related to Masks or selections but it is a useful panel to understand. 

The History Panel
Editing your Mask

You can edit a mask containing hair using the paint brush set to Overlay mode. 

Final Edits

You can tell how good your selection was when you add the background. Usually there are a few things to clean up. Having a mask makes this easier than if you had just copied pixels based on a selection you made. 

Adding a Background
Day 3 Reference Sheets
229.4 kB
+ Day 4 - Vector Masks
14 lectures 59:03

Download the files for today's exercises. 

Day 4 Files
1.2 MB
Day 4 Intro

Understand the difference between vectors and pixels

Vector vs. Pixel
Vector Masks

Creating a Vector mask is similar to creating a pixel layer mask, but they behave a bit differently. 

Creating Vector Masks
The Path Selection Tool
The Direct Selection Tool
The Convert Point Tool
The Pen Tool
Add and Delete Points
Bezier Curves
Using the Pen Tool for Selection
Modifying a Vector Mask
Day 4 Reference Sheets
226.1 kB
+ Day 5 - Quick Masks, Channels and More
13 lectures 01:03:23
Day 5 Intro

Download the files for today's exercises. 

Day5 Files
13.7 MB

Understanding how Quick Mask works can help you improve your selections. 

Quick Mask Intro
Selecting Grass

Channels are an advanced topic, but understanding the basics will help you follow a great technique for selecting hard to select items like hair. 

Viewing a Mask with Quick Mask Overlay
Creating a Mask from Channels
Smart Objects
Smart Objects and Vector Masks
Selecting Glass
Masking Glass
Day 5 Reference Sheets
75.7 kB