How to Place Text Behind an Object Using Subject Selection and Quick Masks in Photoshop

Over the past few years, Adobe has made great advances in artificial intelligence through Adobe Sensei. Regular Photoshop users will know how tough it can be to change a longstanding workflow and also how rewarding it can be to make effective use of newer features to save valuable time when editing.

In this video, Jesús Ramirez at Photoshop Training Channel gives a great example of how to make effective use of the object selection and quick masks in Photoshop with clear guides on keyboard shortcuts and getting great results without requiring too many layers or unnecessary steps. The video is only 4:22 long and aimed at beginners to Photoshop, but it covers a lot of useful information that you can apply to any other projects you may be working on.

Many creatives who spend a lot of time in Photoshop might consider this to be a fairly straightforward effect to create, and there are plenty of different workflows you could use to create this same effect within Photoshop. As someone who has been using Photoshop since the late 90s and as a person who is quite resistant to change in general, I often find myself doing things in a particular way simply because that's the way I've always done things. It would be an understatement to say that Photoshop has come a long way since version 6.0, and amazing new features are coming every year. Watching quick, simple tutorials like this one helps to give me ideas on changes I might make to my workflow to make use of the advances in technology better than simply watching Adobe keynotes every year. I often think that some of the new AI features are gimmicky at present, but the future of AI in image manipulation looks to be exciting.

Do you take advantage of Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence? Do features like sky replacement and hair selection work for you? Or do you find the technology isn't quite mature enough yet to be effective for your needs?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Thanks for the update.
To be fair, this tutorial is almost 18 months old, Photoshop has moved on a lot in that time.