Adobe Photoshop - Quick Selection Tool & Refine Edge

This guide will help you use the Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools with precision.


To Use the Quick Selection Tool:

  1. Choose Quick Selection tool from the left sidebar, fourth from the top, or use the keyboard shortcut W.
  2. Click and drag to select the area desired. This can be done in multiple steps, the area previously selected will stay selected as well.

Refine Edge:

  1. Select the Refine Edge... button from the top toolbar.
  2. Using the Smooth, Feather, Contrast, and Shift Edge sliders adjust the edges of the selection to the desired amount.
  3. Click “OK” once the desired look has been achieved.
  4. To turn the layer into a mask, click on the Mask Layer icon (next to fX icon in bottom right corner)

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