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Mastering Selections in Photoshop

The complete guide to selections in Adobe Photoshop
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What Will I Learn?
master the selection tools in Photoshop
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  • If you have a basic understanding of how Photoshop works, that'll make your learning in this course easier.

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.

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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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 01:13:23
1 Lecture 00:31

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

Preview 00:31
The Marquee Tools
7 Lectures 38:16

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.

Preview 05:03

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.

Preview 06:09

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

Preview 03:43

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

Feather 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.

Add or Subtract from a 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.

Fixing the Size or Ratio of the Selection

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.

Marquee Tool Shortcuts
The Lasso Tools
3 Lectures 11:00

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 freeform Lasso 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 Polygonal Lasso tool

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.

The Magnetic Lasso tool
The Quick Selection Tools
3 Lectures 16:43

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 Magic Wand tool

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 Quick Selection tool

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.

The Refine Edge panel
Selecting Color
1 Lecture 06:24

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.

Using Color Range to make a Selection
1 Lecture 00:29

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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About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
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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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