Mastering Selections in Photoshop

The complete guide to selections in Adobe Photoshop
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 2/2016 English Closed captions available

Course Description

This course is meant for anyone wanting to understand how selection works in Photoshop and the different tools Photoshop provides for us to make and refine our selections. We will start with the Rectangular Marquee tool, the Elliptical Marquee tool. Then later we move on to the Lasso tools, and finally to the Quick Selection tools. We also cover how to make complicated selections in a refined way. We look into the Refine Edge panel that has come about after Photoshop CS5 and how it is a very powerful tool to make selections of difficult objects like hair.

If you're someone who has to make composites from photographs or even apply adjustments to parts of your photographs, you definitely need to take this course.

What are the requirements?

  • If you have a basic understanding of how Photoshop works, that'll make your learning in this course easier.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • master the selection tools in Photoshop

Who is the target audience?

  • This Photoshop course is meant for anyone looking to understand the selection tools of Photoshop comprehensively.

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Section 1: Introduction

In this video, the students will get an introduction of the instructor and what we'll cover in the course.

Section 2: The Marquee Tools

In this lecture, the students will learn about the rectangular marquee tool and see how it can be used to create simple rectangular selections in Adobe Photoshop.


In this lecture, the students will learn about the Elliptical Marquee Tool. They will learn the simple shortcuts associated with the Marquee tools that can be used to speed up their workflow in Adobe Photoshop.


In this video, the students will learn how they can go about inverting the selection and selecting everything but the thing they selected initially.


In this video, the students will learn how they can go about making the edges of their selection softer by Feathering a selection.


The students will learn how they can add more area to their existing selection or how they can subtract some parts of their selection.


In some situations you might require a selection of a certain size or a certain ratio. In this video, we will learn how we can make a selection of a fixed size or a fixed ratio.


This video will cover all the shortcuts there are for the Marquee tools that will allow the user to speed up their workflow and get more things achieved in lesser time.

Section 3: The Lasso Tools

This section is all about the Lasso tools. There are three kinds of lasso tools. In this video, we'll go ahead and take a look at the first kind of Lasso tool, which is the Freeform Lasso Tool. We'll see situations where it'd be best to use this tool.


The Polygonal Lasso tool allows us to make geometric shapes as selections. In this video, we'll go through how we can use it and which situations call for it's use.


The Magnetic Lasso tool detects edges and sticks to them. In this video, we'll see where we can use this tool and where it wouldn't be very effective.

Section 4: The Quick Selection Tools

The Magic Wand Tool, or the tragic wand tool, as it's sometimes called, is a tool that allows us to select similar pixels. It comes in really handy where we have similar pixels that we would like to select. We'll take a look at how to go about using it, in this video.


The Quick Selection Tool, as the name suggests, allows us to make selections very quickly. Although these selections might not be perfect, but they are a good starting point. We'll take a look at this great tool in this video.


The amazing Refine Edge panel allows us to refine our selections that we make with any tool, but specially the ones made with the Quick Selection tool.

Section 5: Selecting Color

If you want to only select a particular color in your photograph, the Color Range panel is the way to go. We'll take a look at how it can be used to create perfect selections of a certain color in our photographs.

Section 6: Conclusion

Thanks a lot for watching my course. I hope that you learnt new things about selections in Photoshop and I wish you all the best for your future Photoshop projects.

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Instructor Biography

Ahmed Shajee Aijazi, Commercial & Conceptual Photographer

Ahmed Shajee Aijazi is a Karachi-based conceptual and commercial photographer. He has studied from Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture and has been subsequently evolving as a photographer and culminating his earlier passion for picturing concepts and ideas. He has participated the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the Gulf Photo Plus 2013 in Dubai. He has also participated in three photo exhibits.

Shajee also serves as the visiting faculty at College of Media and Arts, PAF-KIET and the photography post-graduate program at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.

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