5 Secrets for Perfect Edge Selection in Adobe Photoshop

If you've ever had to make complex selections in Adobe Photoshop, you know how frustrating it can be. Well, in this video, learn five tips for ensuring you get it exactly right with the easiest method possible.

If you're relatively new to Photoshop, it's hard to articulate quite how far automatic selections have come in the last 10 years. When I first started in Photoshop, making any sort of selection was a long-winded nightmare with no corner cuts to speak of. AI selections were a long way off and even the tools we have to aid in making an accurate selection weren't yet released. You just had to accept that you had to do it manually, painstakingly navigating around the selection subject at 500% zoom.

The job was well-known as loathed by retouchers and although I didn't enjoy making selections, I wasn't broken by it until I had to edit an image of a person with big curly hair and a messy background. Even though I could disseminate between the blurred background and my subject's hair, Photoshop was years away from getting anywhere close — it would arguably struggle today! I spent the whole edit muttering to myself "there has to be a better way". Then, when I was finished, the edges took a ton of refinement to have at a serviceable standard.

Well, now there are lots of ways and in this video, you'll learn five that will ensure you have accurate selections with perfect edges!

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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