Two Lesser Known but Powerful Selection Techniques in Photoshop

Making selections in Photoshop can be an incredibly tedious and time-consuming task, so it helps to know every possible method for a variety of situations. This helpful video will show you two lesser known but quite powerful procedures.

Coming to you from Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel, this helpful video will show you two very effective techniques for making more complex selections using Photoshop. I typically use the channels method in my own work quite a bit. Fall in Ohio is normally quite beautiful, but the sky is rarely cooperative, and it's often plain and bland compared to the vivid leaves. This is where a sky swap can be really useful. However, trying to mask out the sky through thousands of leaves can be an absolute nightmare, but with the channels method demonstrated in this video, it's really not particularly hard most of the time. As Ramirez demonstrates, take an extra moment to be thorough in ensuring everything you don't want selected is truly black; a quick pass with the brush tool helps with this most of the time. In general, a lot of making a successful and convincing edit in Photoshop starts with being able to create a proper selection. Give the video above a watch for the full rundown.

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Ansel Spear's picture

Now this nugget of information is truly helpful and clearly communicated.. Thank you.

Duffy Doherty's picture

Nice tutorial. I'm curious how you might use the "Blend If" if the sky was orange or yellow, requiring a blend of two of the primary colors to be removed...