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Learn how to refine the selection edges in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.
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Okay. So I am going to go over here, and click in my background and in your Options bar you'll notice that there is new little button here, when you are using the Selection Tools, it says Refine Edge. What this refers to is changing the edge of your selection.
We mentioned before when we were selecting 30 Rock, and we saw those little jagged edges, that happens very often when you are selecting and that alone could really ruin the believeability of a doctored photo. Really takes a lot of magic out of your image and so Photoshop now in CS3 has this ability to go in and change the edge of your selection, and since we have a very pretty flower here, we are going to make a very pretty selection edge.
Let me show you how this works. I am going to select my lily, but I already kind of did that. That was the last thing I did. So if that is the case with you, if you have already selected the white part of your lily, you can go to the Select menu at the top and then go down to Reselect and it will select the last thing that you have selected.
Once you have a current active selection, then this Refine Edge button will be selectable. So go ahead and hit that button. And once you do that, the background immediately fills with white. So you could see the edges of your selection. If you don't like this preview, you could try these different preview modes, so you could see what it looks like with your background or you could see it on a white background or you could see what just the mask looks like, I did a few others here but I think you get the idea.
We could also increase the Radius of our selection here, which is really cool; you can see it is kind of getting a little bit softer on the edges which is very nice. We could increase the Feather which will also feather those edges as well. So you bump this up.
Now, what's really cool about this dialog box is that Photoshop not only with this dialog box, but in other areas of the program is trying to be more helpful. So as you roll your mouse over, any of these properties, you can see description down here at the bottom that tells you basically what is going on, which is very nice. It tells you what this is for.
So may be I want to increase the Contrast, decrease the Feather, so I want a harder edge on my selection area, for example. Or maybe my selection is a little bit too rough; maybe I use the Lasso tool which tends to give you a little bit turbulence so to speak. I could bump up Smooth which will kind of smooth out those rough edges. We can Contract this, so we can inset it a little bit, which kind of eats away those edges. So if you selected a little bit too much like we did with 30 Rock, we could contract this or maybe we want to expand a little bit.
So if we expanded this quite a bit, let me go up to a 100% and then we Feather this quite a bit, maybe made a bigger selection edge here. We could make a nice feathered soft selection edge if we want to. Now, I got a little bit too much of the background here, and definitely too much of this pistil in the center. But I just want to illustrate what is possible with this new Refine Edge command; it is extremely powerful. So I am going to cancel out of this and talk about how to save selections once we have made that. I am going to deselect here and let's move on to talk about saving selections.