Photoshop 1.13 [Select and Mask]

“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>Select and Mask... to bring up the Select and Mask Properties 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 “Black & White”
  4. Now adjust the Smooth value to be 3 and the Feather value to be 0.3 under the Global Refinements section.
  5. Select the "Refine Edge Brush Tool" and 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.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  6. If you don’t get the results you want, try adjusting the values in step 4 or adjusting the radius value.
  7. If there are places of your image where you would prefer to manually choose/override the transparency, you can use the Brush tool [Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options] to add or subtract from the selection (use the "+" or "-" option in the tool ribbon at the top of the page to choose based on which (adding or subtracting from the selection) you need to do. [Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  8. Click “Ok” when you are finished.
  9. Now click on the "Add Layer Mask" button at the bottom of the layer palette to add a layer mask and isolate your object based on your (refined) selection.

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