Working With The Quick Selection Tool

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English [Auto] Moving along in the world of selection the magic wand tool has a Cousin been there for a version or two called quick selection. Don't get these two mixed out because if you do you're really going to be frustrated. Let's start by opening up a couple of images. I'm going to go to the bridge this time by clicking file browser bridge in your work folder. These are the two images that I want you to open up this one and that one so we can shift click on both of those and then DoubleClick piece cake over here. We had the magic wand too. If you click and hold on it you'll see its cousin quick selection tool select that tool. We have two images this one taken out of actually Lake Powell and this one taken actually in Washington state like the clouds. I want those clouds in this image replacing the sky. And we can use the quick selection tool to make it all happen. Let's get started. No forget we have the quick selection tool selected. Let's take a peek at our options come up here. We have a brush size. This thing has a brush size sample all layers if you're working with multiple layers. That's important an auto enhance helps you find the edge just a little bit better. Sometimes you don't want to be that picky. Sometimes you do. That's it for options. Let's get back down to size. I'm going to pick up that to get right about here. Now just click and begin dragging in the area you want to select quick selection as you do. It selects more and more and more and you go on wait wait wait wait. They got this right here. I don't want that. Well look how close in terms of the brightness there how close that is to that area. So what we need to do is tell the quick selection tool to restore that area to the original image and select only the sky. How do we do that. We do have a tool up here that allows us to remove or add. But we can do it with short cuts and I think that's a whole lot better. What you want to do even make this brush a little bit smaller and we can do that right here and change the size where the shortcut which I absolutely love is using your left and right bracket keys. You do that. It'll get larger in smaller smaller means more precise one little bit of a smaller brush you're running 15 pixels right now. I'm going to get in this area right here pull the all out key option key in Emacs and key different name. And we're going to get in here. Begin painting and as you can see it will begin pulling that area back. That's what I want that's looking good. I got one more piece right here and see if we can get it. That's not too bad. The quick selection tool again will work it it'll work over areas based on not tolerance but based on where you drag and it will continue to make selections as long as you're happy with those areas. So that's pretty neat. We have that area made let's save this selection. Do you do that. Good chance. Come down to this button right here and click it and watch what happens. It actually makes an alpha channel mask. If we look at this it's basically that selection. But now I can see something I can see an area that it thinks I want to select which I don't. So now I can paint it in Touch it up. We'll pick up our papers. We'll pick up white as a color and use those nice bracket keys to make the bush smaller. And let's get rid of that. That is not part of our selection. In other words selection non-selection. So where do we go from here. Well we have another image remember let's take this one back click our G-B restore the image of that Clair's the image up here quick selection too that's the sky I want I want that sky in the other image. We need to be able to move one to the other and this is actually pretty easy. If you're in tab view like I am pull this one out in drag it make it a separate. If you're not in tab view just move it out of the way for a minute. Pick up your move too. I'm going to drag directly from here over to here but I'm going to hold the shift key during the process. If you hold the shift key while you move one layer from one document to another it will center that layer in the receiving document. Since are the same size. It'll put it right where I want it to be right on top. I'm going to click drag. So as I get over here hold the shift key down like. There it is. Here's Lehren. And there's our background that contains like Paul and that sky. We don't like. Now what do we do. Let's go back to Chamas. We need to activate the selection in this letter hold down the control key. It's very easy and click. There it is. That's the only part we want to see of this entire image. We go back to layers we go into layer 1 and we click this button right here to create a layer mask. When we create a layer mask it'll mask out everything but the selected area what could be better. Click the button and there you go. Now we can refine it just a little and say when I know that looks kind of rough on those edges I need that to be softer. Just gauzy and blur the mask. Make sure you have the mask selected up to the word filter blur. Gazi and blur and we can actually watch it up here. Got a point three that's actually about all we need. Click OK if you want to move the sky slightly turn this button off which links these two together. Now they're separate and free flowing. Click on this one which is the photograph. If we come over here with the move tool we can adjust it a little bit change it making a realistic selection again using a layer mask and blurring but making it quick with the quick selection to.