Adobe Photoshop: Lesson 4

To fix your wokspace even more, go to Workspace, then Reset Essentials.

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Using the Lasso Tool

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You can hold down your option key and circle around negative space you want to get rid of.

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If you accidentally took too much you hold down the Shift key and circle the space you need back. This also works with all of the selection tools.

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Go to Select > Save Selection because you want to go back to it.

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Name it & click ok.

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You’ve created a new channel. You and view by clicking on it.

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The great thing about saving selections is if you press Control/Command + D to deselect, you can go back up to Select > Load Selection at any time & pull up any selections you’ve saved so you can easily get back to them.

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If your on the Rectangular Marquee Tool & make a selection, you can Shift key it & also add space. If you hold Alt/Option to deselect space. This works with other selection tools as well.

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If you press Control + D to deselect & then go to the Magic Wand tool, you can click on something and then you want to add you Shift click. If you go too far you can go Alt/Option to take away. Same goes with the Quick Selection tool which I’m not going to show because I’m too lazy & want to get this over with.

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Go back to Load Selection, & then go to Select > Modify > Feather.

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To do this manually type desired number of softness. Your selection will soften a bit. The amount that you feather an image depends upon the resolution.

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You have to think about the fact that if you’re working a 72DPI image & if you feather 20 pixels that will be a very large amount of vignetting. For example Video Voice Lady (as I like to call her) has the Layers selected. This is on Background. She holds down the Alt key and doubles clicks Background & then clicks on the Add Layer Mask button.

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This is the vignette. You can see that it softens the edges, but if she puts in 20 pixels again you’ll have a much larger vignette.

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You can hide the mask by holding down the Shift key & clicking on it.

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Review: Things to Remember

1.The Magic Wand is a good tool to use when you have areas of an image with similar colors. The Magic Wand tool selects similar colors based on the Tolerance setting in the Options bar.

2.Hold down the Shift key to add to a selection. This works with any of the selection tools.

3.To select the pixels inside of a path, you can activate the path by Ctrl+clicking (Windows) or Command+clicking (Mac OS) on the path in the Paths panel or by clicking the Load Path as Selection button at the bottom of the Paths panel.

4.The Refine Selection dialog box allows you to select the best masking technique and to preview edge selection changes that you are making.

5.Refine Edge will only appear in the Options bar when a Selection tool is active.






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