Essential Skills for Designers - Selecting People
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Essential Skills for Designers - Selecting People

Learn the best techniques to extract people from images in Photoshop.
4.6 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
83 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2014
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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What Will I Learn?
Learn how to make professional selections in Photoshop
Get from Zero to Hero in Photoshop selections in less than 3 hours
Learn to make selections the right way from an Adobe Certified Instructor
Put the techniques into use in Graphic Design or Photo Retouch projects
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Requirements
  • Basic Photoshop knowledge
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3+
Description

This course is the ultimate guide for making selections of people in Photoshop. You can learn all the professional tools and techniques starting from basic selections of a person with one coloured background to very complex selections, with hair, transparent details and difficult backgrounds. This course is focusing on selections of people but the same workflows can be used for making selections of objects, animals or anything else.

Learn to make selections the right way from an Adobe Certified Instructor and put the powerful techniques into use in Graphic Design or Photo Retouch projects.

Join now and become an expert of Photoshop selections in less than 3 hours.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone planning to improve their core Photoshop skills and learn some powerful selections techniques
  • Anyone interested in retouching photos
  • Anyone interested in Graphic Design
  • This course is good for beginner and advanced Photoshop users alike
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 03:08:41
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Tools for Selecting People
12 Lectures 53:47

Making Selections in Photoshop is really one of the most important skills you need as a designer, artworker or retoucher. There is a reason why there are so many selection tools and a whole separate menu for selection features. But why do we need to make selections in the first place and what makes it so complicated?

As you probably know Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign all work with layers, which means you can place different elements like photos, illustrations, text and shapes on top of each other. Whenever you create a composition you will have to establish some sort of interaction between your elements. Like making a text seem like going behind an image. That adds some depth to your design and make it more engaging. Of course for this effect to work you will first have to create a selection of the person.

Another example is a very common design technique called out-of-bounds or out-of-frame, where an image comes out of its frame. Again to make this work you first have to create a selection of the part of the image, which you want to extend out from the frame.

Whenever you make selections in Photoshop you have to make sure that you do a good job and separate the selected part perfectly from its original background. You don’t want to make a selection when it looks obvious that it was cut out from another image. Also you want to keep your selection editable to be able to improve it at any later stage. Some selections are simple, but some of them can be very challenging. The difficulty of a selection depends on a lot of factors like the complexity of the selected part, the business of the background, the amount of contrast between the selected part and the background, whether there is hair or transparent details and so on and so forth.

In this course we are going to focus on making selections of people, but the same techniques can be used to make selections of anything else. You will be able to learn all the professional techniques that will save you a lot of time and effort whether you are an artworker, graphic designer, web designer or photo retoucher.

Let’s get started!

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Exercise Files
00:06



Quick Selection Tool
05:41

Marquee Selection Tools
06:25

Color Range
05:52

Focus Area
02:30

Masking
04:21

Pen Tool and Vector Mask
04:40

Refine Selection
03:11

Custom Brushes
05:06
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Simple Selections
4 Lectures 01:00:35
When a Person Stands Out from the Background
20:19

When the Background is Pure White
21:14

When the Background is Simple
10:08

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Complex Selections
6 Lectures 01:00:19
Selecting Hair on Portraits
08:48

Selecting Full Length Photos
14:58

Selections with Busy Backgrounds
19:28

Selecting Transparent Details
07:21

Multiple Selections on the Same Image
08:01

Conclusion
01:43
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Essential Tools for Designers
4 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
Martin Perhiniak
4.6 Average rating
464 Reviews
16,513 Students
11 Courses
Yes I'm a Designer

Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Instructor, and an incredibly talented teacher and one of the most popular author on Tuts+ Network. He has been teaching Adobe applications for several years in classrooms, online courses, seminars and shows around the World. Martin has worked as a designer with companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and DC Comics. He feels it his mission to share his insights of the design industry and its latest trends with beginners and creative professionals around the World.

Visit Martin's website and watch his Design Tip of the Week tutorials and you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter to be updated about his latest projects.