How To Use The Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop CC – Photoshop Tools Tutorial

How To Use The Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop CC – Photoshop Tools Tutorial

August 14, 2019 16 By Peter Engel


Hi! Do you want to know how to use the
Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop CC? I’m about to show you how. Don’t go away.. Hi there, Barry Callister for Barry
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end of the video. Let’s get started on how to use the Quick Selection Tool for
Photoshop CC. Alright so here we are in our photoshop window I already have my
Quick Selection Tool open, it can be found over here on the left hand panel
there, it’s that brush with the circle of dots around it there. If you have your
Magic Wand Tool selected, obviously the Magic Wand Tool icon will be up there
because they both live in the same space here. So Quick Selection Tool is what we
want. To get those to come out, you have to click and hold with your left mouse
button. Now you can see the keyboard shortcut both of those is W, so that’s a
quick way to get to the tool as well is to press W. We’ll have a look at our
options up here that you have with this tool. The first option over here, we
click this little arrow that will pop down a little window where your Presets
will live if you’ve made any special brushes that you use all the time and
you’ve saved them as a preset, that’s where they will be. Here in this window
and you can select them from there. These buttons here decide what your brush or
your tool will do. So this is to make a new selection this is to add to the
selection, and this is to take away from your selection. It defaults to the add to
selection when you turn it on the first time, it will be…it will have add to
selection up there, which is a good thing to have you can leave it there, that is
just fine. This here is your brush settings, if you click the little drop
down arrow there you’ve got your brush size you can control from there, big or
small. You can also do that with your right and left bracket keys,
which is a look a lot easier than opening this every time you want to
change the size of your brush. The hardness controls the edges of your
brush as you can see here, this is a more soft edged brush, and this is a more hard
edged brush. I leave it to a hard edge to select, it’s normally a good thing to do. Spacing – you want at a very low number. If you turn this up to a high number, you’ll
find you won’t get as-good-a result so leave that down at 1%, that’ll be the
best thing to do. Down here is where you control the angle and the shape of your
brush. So you can, you know, make it oval shaped if you want to get up into tiny
little areas like the corners of leaves and stuff of flowers or whatever you
like. But I’m just going to leave it circular today. So that’s what happens
there. The next two…these two boxes here, Sample All Layers and Auto-Enhance are
automatically selected because I’ve used them before. I leave these turned on. What
Sample All Layers does is…it does what it says it samples all the layers when
making a selection. The only time you would not want that turned on is if you
had another layer, let’s… I’ll just duplicate this layer here. Let’s say I only wanted to make a selection from this top layer, I would
turn that off and then that will just select from one layer. But for today
we’re leaving that on. And then Auto-Enhance just enhances the edges of
your selection. Generally it will provide you with a better selection so I’ll
leave that on as well. Selected and Mask, I’m not going to go into today because
that’s a whole ‘nother video (laughs). That’s a lot of information in there and I don’t
a touch on that today. So let’s get started, what we’re going to do…I’m going
to select the head of this flower here, and this part of the stem. I’m going to
leave this bit back here alone. Now with your brush size you kind of want to make
it small enough so it’ll fit inside the area you’re trying to select easily. You
don’t want it to go outside of the area because then you end up selecting stuff
out here that you don’t want. So I’m going to start down the bottom
here, just left click on my mouse and drag up the stem of the flower there.
Oops, I’ve gone outside but it doesn’t matter, we’ll get rid of these bits later. Then I’m going to go up into the petals of the flower they’re, just going around
the edges…close to the edges as I can without going outside. If I go outside,
you’ll see it starts to select things that I don’t want. I can always Control + Z
to undo and start again. So I’m just going to roughly select the head of this
flower here and then I’ll go back in and picks it up later. So I’ve done, as you
can see, an absolutely terrible job of that (laughs), but let’s go back and I’ll show you
how to fix it up. So currently our brush is selected…our our tool is selected to
Add to Selection, so what you can do to take away is either click that button up
there or, on your keyboard, hold Alt on a PC or Option on a Mac, and that will..
you can see it changes to minus, and you can just take away the things that you don’t want. So I’m just going to drag that up the side of there, get rid of that there…get
rid of that there…So that’s looking okay for starters. I’m gonna press Z to zoom
in and just zoom in on the head of the flower here, W to go back to my Quick
Selection Tool and just fix up things up here…make my brush a bit smaller with my
left bracket key…and that’s looking pretty good for this. I’m not gonna be
super worried about this…holding Alt to minus, take that little bit away in there. And,
just make my brush a little bit smaller with my left bracket key…just clicking…Now when you’re doing this, when you’re going back and refining your selection
like this, it’s always a good idea to do tiny..just click here and there, instead
of clicking and dragging. Because if you make a mistake, and you have to undo it,
then you have to undo a whole massive selection. If you’ve just clicked little
bits here and there, then you can undo just those little bits and not muck up a
whole great deal of your selection. So that’s always a good idea. So that
looks pretty good up there. There’s this little bit down here on the stem, I’m
gonna hold Alt and brush that out of there because I don’t want that. And then
I could probably just fix up this little bit down here perhaps. We’ll just…whoops, so I did a mistake there so I’ll just press Ctrl + Z,
undo that. Might add a bit more there, just bring that up there. I’ll just Alt click here
and get rid of that bit of the lighter grey. And I’m gonna say that’s okay for
now. So I’m going to press Ctrl + 0 to go back out…to make my picture fit the
screen, and then I’m just going to right-click inside the selection. And what we’re going to do with this is make a layer via copy, so this will just
copy this flower and put it on its own layer and if I turn off the background
layer here, you can see we have successfully cut the flower out of this
photograph. So if I zoom in, it’s not…it’s not pretty but it’s a start. If I was…if I had more time, I would go in and get rid of all this background in
here that hasn’t…that’s been selected and stuff, and I would clean up the stem
as well. But you know, for a…for a five minute job, it’s not too bad at all. So
there you have it, that’s how you use the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop CC. Now of course, there’s many other ways of selecting parts of your photograph in
Photoshop, and I’ll be doing videos on those real soon, so make sure you
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