Introduction to Photoshop - Selections

Learn all there is to know about Photoshop selections in one single course!
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

This course is designed to teach you all about Photoshop Selections and Selections only! Because enough with the "overviews", "crash courses" and "basics"! It's easy to go from beginner to expert by focusing on one area at a time, going into depth and giving it your full attention - which is precisely what you'll be doing with the help of this tutorial and the upcoming ones!

Learn the ins and outs of one of Photoshop's most powerful features: Selections!

• Learn all of the main selection tools and several advanced methods of selecting
• Become acquainted with the multiple ways in which you can easily manipulate selected content
• Learn how to adapt to specific situations and instantly reach for the most appropriate tools
• Gain a better understanding of Photoshop and some of its core principles

Photoshop is an essential part of any artists' world, whether you're aiming to be a photographer, a designer, a graphic artist or anything even remotely art-related. It's a powerful, fascinating piece of software, but it's about as vast as it is amazing which is why learning its secrets can feel rather overwhelming. You can try to go over all of its features and functionalities in one quick breath but understanding its full power overnight is a pretty impossible task and, frankly speaking, it doesn't really do it justice - there's just so much to know and talk about when it comes to Photoshop!

This here tutorial is aimed at beginners or users of lower intermediate level and it focuses on one specific area of Photoshop - Selections! By dedicating a full tutorial to this topic, you can be sure that, by the end of it, you'll have far more than a basic understanding of what selections mean and you'll, in fact, be able to use these features to an advanced level.

Contents and Overview

This course contains 16 lectures providing a comprehensive approach to Photoshop selections. You'll learn about the multiple selection tools and methods at your disposal, you'll understand how to distinguish between selections and their contents and how to bend both of them to your will, you'll become acquainted with core principles and techniques that apply all throughout Photoshop.

By the end of this tutorial you'll be capable of applying selections to any situation: from swapping your roommate's head with a poodel's in their family photo, to positioning your company's logo on an elegant new business card. The sky's the limit!

Note: The simple PSD file used in this tutorial is available for download in the second lecture (What are selections?) if you wish to follow along with the lectures.

What are the requirements?

  • Photoshop CS6 or higher is required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • fully understand and make use of multiple selection tools
  • indentify the appropriate tool best suited to each circumstance
  • master several ways of manipulating content
  • understand several basic concepts about how Photoshop works

Who is the target audience?

  • students with little to no knowledge of Photoshop
  • medium to advanced students who want to refresh their knowledge or pick up new tricks

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction
What are selections?
Section 2: Creating A Selection
Freehand Selections - The Lasso Tool
Freehand Selection Tools - The Polygonal Lasso Tool
Freehand Selection Tools - The Magnetic Lasso Tool
Edge-Based Selection Tools - The Quick Selection Tool
Color-Based Selection Tools - The Magic Wand
Color-Based Selection Tools - Color Range
Geometric Selection Tools - The Marquee Tools
Section 3: Manipulating Selections
Manipulating Selection Marquees
Adding, Subtracting and Intersecting Selections
Moving Selection Contents
Selections and Transparent Layers
The Free Transform Tool
Copying, Pasting and Cutting
Softening and Smoothing Selections
Section 4: Advanced Methods of Selecting
Selecting With The Quick Mask Tool
Transparent Layers, Paths and Alpha Channels
Section 5: Conclusion
When Selections Fail You

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Instructor Biography

Mary Elliott, Photoshop Instructor

Hi there! My name's Mary and I'm a Photoshop addict.

Over the course of ten years I've done a little bit of everything that can be done in Photoshop, from web design to photography retouching to pure graphic art. I've learned a lot and I've fallen deeper in love with Photoshop every day.

Today I'm ready to share that love and bring all that knowledge into your life - I promise you it will make it richer and a whole lot more colourful.

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