This week, Adobe released an update to Photoshop CC that features a new selection tool capable of automatically selecting the prominent subjects in an image with only one click. This video does an excellent job of revealing exactly what you get with this new technology and how to use it to its full potential.
In his latest video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect approached the Select Subject tool from a neutral point of view. He selected a handful of images that he felt would give him an idea of how well the tool worked in different scenarios. He then ran them through the selection tool and noted where it worked well and where it didn't. Dinda specifically chose images with difficult hair selections, busy backgrounds, pictures where the background looked similar to the subject, and even photos with animals or motorcycles instead of people. On top of this, he reveals a few tips to help get an accurate selection of different types of images.
While the Select Subject tool isn’t perfect, I’ll admit that I am pleasantly surprised at its accuracy. In most cases, it gives you an excellent starting point that is easy to adjust to get the selection you need. Seeing it hands on in many different situations has convinced me that it is capable of doing the work I would need from it in the majority of scenarios. This test was perfect to examine Adobe’s latest upgrades, and in my opinion, it passed the test exceptionally well for a first version. If you have had a chance to try out Photoshop’s new tool, let me know about your experience with it in the comments.