A Beginner's Guide to Selections in Photoshop

There are few skills more fundamental to Photoshop than knowing how to make a proper selection. Done right, it allows you to take greater control of your edits and dial in precise adjustments. And in recent years, Adobe has greatly expanded the application's selection tools. If you are new to the program, check out this excellent video tutorial that will get you up and running with Photoshop's many selection capabilities in no time. 

Coming to you from Unmsh Dinda of PiXimperfect, this fantastic video tutorial will show you how to get started with all of Photoshop's selection tools. While automated tools have gotten better and better, the ability to mix the program's manual and automatic tools is crucial. Some of the latest features, such as the Select Subject tool, are mightily impressive, but none of them are perfect, and there will still be situations in which their selections need to be refined or are entirely inaccurate. Whether you are making a composite, swapping out a sky, or simply applying targeted local adjustments to an image, having total command of making selections will serve you in almost every edit you make. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Dinda. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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