Photoshop 1.13 [Refine Edge]

“Using Refine Edge with a selection”

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  1. After you have made a selection in Photoshop (try the magic wand, quick selection tool, or the lasso), you will often want to refine the edge of your selection (especially when you are trying to select hair from a background).
  2. With the selection made, navigate to Select>Refine Edge to bring up the refine edge dialog box.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  3. First, navigate through the various view modes to find one that will help you “see” your current selection. I tend to use “Overlay” or “On White.”
  4. Now adjust the Smooth value to be 3 and the Feather value to be 0.3 under the Adjust Edge section.
  5. Paint over the region of your image that you would like to refine by clicking and dragging your mouse over the area. When you let go, Photoshop will work to refine the edge based on the settings above.
  6. If you don’t get the results you want, try adjusting the values in step 4 or adjusting the radius value.
  7. Click “Ok” when you are finished.


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