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Learn how to use the quick selection tool in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.
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Now I am just going to close this image here. Hit at this red X, close that, no, I don't want to save it. Go back to the Open file dialog box and this time let's open Even More Magic. Let's go ahead, Even More Magic.jpg and hit Open.
Now here is this beautiful image of this gorgeous flower. Now you and I know that this flower is white. However, because of the lighting we have some light areas here and some shadow areas here. So Photoshop doesn't recognize this as just one white flower. So if I selected the Magic Wand Tool and try to click this area of white, try to select the flower, well, we have some problems here. We only select this little rim, so we can hold Shift and keep adding to this selection but there is little straight pixels in here that just don't add up. So we have to spend all day going through here and holding Shift and clicking all these different areas. There's got to be a better way, and there is now in Photoshop CS3. We have to hit Ctrl+D to de-select that and let's go over to the brand new Quick Selection Tool that's now bundled with the Magic Wand Tool. And with the Quick Selection Tool we basically paint with selection. We don't just click with a Magic Wand Tool; we actually click in kind of painted area. See how I am going to scrub in here. I could go around that yellow thing, so we don't want to select that, and there we have it. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! Selected all the white edges of our flower here and even the shadow areas.
Now we did pick up this yellow thing. There is not a little border around here, so the pixel in the middle is also selected. So what we can do is hold the Alt key just as before. Notice our icon changes from a plus (+) to a minus (-) and I can just paint this little yellow area. And look how quickly it recognizes what I don't want selected.
So now if we want to adjust may be the color of this flower or colorize it or put something else here we can do that, how quickly and easily, this new Quick Selection Tool is just phenomenal. And folks this is just a regular homespun image taken one of the employees here at Total Training. This is not a professional doctored image that was set up to just be used with the Quick Selection Tool. This is how powerful this tool is in real life. It's absolutely phenomenal. I am going to hit Ctrl+D to de-select that.
Now there are a couple of new selection features inside of Photoshop CS3. Selection again is so huge and important that they are always revitalizing and revamping what you can do with the selection tools. The Quick Selection Tool is just one of the new features that Photoshop offers for helping you make great selections.
In the next segment we are going to be talking about refining selection edges which is another great quiver in the arsenal of making awesome selections.