Essential Skills for Designers - Selecting People

Learn the best techniques to extract people from images in Photoshop.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2014 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Photoshop knowledge
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3+

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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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Section 1: Tools for Selecting People

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.

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Exercise Files
Lasso Tool
Magic Wand
Quick Selection Tool
Marquee Selection Tools
Color Range
Focus Area
Pen Tool and Vector Mask
Refine Selection
Custom Brushes
Section 2: Simple Selections
When a Person Stands Out from the Background
When the Background is Pure White
When the Background is Simple
When the Person is in Focus
Section 3: Complex Selections
Selecting Hair on Portraits
Selecting Full Length Photos
Selections with Busy Backgrounds
Selecting Transparent Details
Multiple Selections on the Same Image
Section 4: Essential Tools for Designers
Keyboard Shortcuts
5 pages
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Design Terms
7 pages
Essential Skills
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Martin Perhiniak, 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.

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