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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Quick Selection

We’re almost done with our tour of the Photoshop selection tools; only two more to go! Already, we’ve visited the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and the Selection Brush, and this week we’ll stop by Quick Selection and see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of a handful of editing tools in the selection arsenal, which is one of the most important and versatile sections in Photoshop! But why, you may ask? Well, let’s back up and explain before we proceed: If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common...

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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Selection Brush

We’ve conquered the Magic Wand. We’ve lassoed the Lasso. Now it’s time to continue on our journey and unearth another of the Photoshop selection tools! This week we will discuss the Selection Brush, a classic choice in the arsenal, and give you the tips you need to use it effectively. But first, let’s recap why we may need these tools in the first place. If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common editing actions, so it’s important to know which individual tool is best for your needs. Whether...

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Decoding Photoshop Selection Tools: Lasso

Last time we looked at one of the more magical selection tools available in Photoshop, and we will continue on our journey this week! When you need to change or move a select portion of your image, there are several tools to choose from, and each has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. For this tutorial, I’d like to explore the Lasso tools (there are three variations) and give some examples of when to use them and when not to use them. So saddle up and get your lassos ready! This triad of tools consists of a basic lasso, a polygonal lasso, and a magnetic lasso. Let’s give you a brief...

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Slice Tool to Blend Photoshop and Web Projects

A project in Adobe Photoshop can be finished in print or on the web. For each, there are many considerations to make including a color model, file size, and the overall layout design. However, the Slice tool in Photoshop empowers you to transition a Photoshop project to the web easily. The Slice tool allows you to create unique sections (or Slices) of your project. The actual Slice can be created by using the Slice tool and drawing it manually, or you can use existing guides and create your slices from the guide intersections by clicking the ‘Slices from Guides’ option in the...

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Decoding Photoshop Selection Tools: Magic Wand

Selections and subtractions in photo editing that were not long ago deemed “fancy” are now almost commonplace in our digital world. Everyone from portrait pros to doting dads can make use of the myriad of cutting, pasting, and swapping tools in Photoshop. One of the more common ones is simply known as “Magic Wand”, and to harness its power, you must understand its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the basics and hopefully help you keep the magic wand from turning into a tragic wand. But first, how does it work? Well, the Magic Wand is one of...

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Introduction to Photoshop Blending Modes

If you’ve ever been curious about that long dropdown menu on your Photoshop layers bar, then this is the tutorial for you! The array of options helps to adjust your image using different blending techniques with multiple layers, and if used correctly, can result in seriously cool results. To begin, you need to be comfortable adding and editing layers, which you can explore under…you guessed it…the “Layers” option at the top menu bar. Once you’ve opened your base picture, you can add to it using a “fill” or “adjustment” layer. Now for the fun part! For this tutorial, I selected a fill layer...

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