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Photoshop CS4-Creating Selections

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About Creating Selections


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I’m Steve Potter, Adobe Certified Expert and owner of the Rocket Banner Company, and welcome to our set of tutorials on creating selections in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Why create selections--why did we spend so much time making--I think we ended up with ten or eleven lessons on creating selections. The answer is this: it’s the gateway to creativity in Adobe Photoshop. By being able to create selections—by being skilled at creating selections, you open up a wealth of creativity inside Adobe Photoshop. I have a few examples set up here that I would like to show you right now.
This first one is a Porsche parked on the beach here. Let’s say you would like to change the color of the car without affecting the background. What you are going to have to do is select the just the car then. There are other ways to do it, but the best way is to select just the car and that will fully protect anything from happening to the background, because the background will be masked.
Okay I have already created a selection right here. I am going to load it now by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on this thumbnail right here.
This is a layer mask, but it’s a selection nonetheless. Then, I have already created an adjustment layer. I am going to double click on the tab here, and show you how easy it is now to change the color of this car. You can see we are changing just the car.
We’re not affecting the background at all because the background is masked; it’s protected. Okay?
Anyone who’s ever wanted a hot pink Porsche, there you go. I think this was originally yellow, and then I changed it to red, and now we can change it back to yellow, but you get the idea. Okay? Let’s deselect that by hitting CTRL + D on the keyboard.
Now let me show you how to create a soft vignette, something that’s very popular, it’s been around forever. I don’t know how they did it when they had real photographs.
But look how easy it is to do in Adobe Photoshop. Okay? All you do is create an elliptical selection around Abe here and to do that, get the ellipse tool right here, the elliptical marquee tool, there’s a little tooltip right there. And set your feather now before drawing your selection. Set it to about 20 I think will work good for this image, and then draw an ellipse just about like that. There you go.
Now what we want to do is invert that selection so right now we have Abe selected. We’re going to select everything BUT Abe, by hitting CTRL +SHIFT + I – that inverted the selection and now we are going to create a new layer by clicking on this little icon right here. We are going to fill that layer with white by hitting CTRL + BACKSPACE, and that’s going to fill that layer with the background color.
So, CTRL + BACKSPACE, and there you go. Let’s deselect. Vinyl Banners Delivered Fast
And now you have a nice soft, 20-pixel vignette around Abe. Alright, what else can you do?
One of the most used things with selections is selecting something and moving into another image. That’s probably what selections are used for the most.
Or creating a selection around someone’s head for instance, and putting it on someone else’s body. Well it’s easily done, once you’ve mastered creating selections.
I created a selection around this Toyota Prius right here, using the pen tool, right here, which creates actually vector-based paths. You can see it right here: there’s a vector-based path. And you can take these vector-based paths and turn them into selection outlines, by doing that. I anti-alias just about everything. Say Okay.
Now we have a selection of everything but the Prius. Once again we can invert that by hitting CTRL + SHIFT + I on the keyboard.
And now we have just that Prius selected. Okay?
Now you want to come back here and make sure, you can see I have done some other things here but, whatever layer you have highlighted now, you’re going to be pulling that selection out of that layer. So what we want to do is move this into another image.
So I am going to hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard and that’s going to give me the Move tool on the fly. And then I can move this into this image right here. I just hover over it, and I bring the car down and drop it. And there you have it. So that’s it. That’s all you can do with creating selections in Photoshop. But not really – there’s just a wealth of things you can do, that’s three examples right there.
Practice; learn the different tools. There are many different tools for creating selections in Adobe Photoshop and once you become skilled at doing that, you’re going to have a whole world of creativity open up to you. I think you are going to enjoy the lessons, so go on, and jump right in! Thanks a lot.




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