How to Use the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop

Thank you for the tips, learning on my own and have learned so much already with Photofocus.

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One of my favorite tools in Photoshop is one that is great if you’re wanting a quick smart selection of a single object in your photograph.  Since I enjoy doing composites by copying, pasting and compositing multiple photos and imagery, I use this tool very often.

To demonstrate this tool, lets use our furry friend, the deer.


In the sidebar, the Quick Selection Tool.


By dragging your mouse across the selection you’d like to select, Photoshop will utilize it’s smart awareness and choose an overall selection of what needs to be selected.  In this case, the deer is a completely separate pixel color as the snow so it was a little easy for it to depict the selection. (I’ve highlighted the selection in red for demonstration purposes)

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 1.04.40 AM

Once you’ve made your selection, you can zoom in to see how accurate the selection is.

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 1.09.04 AM

If you notice in the selection above…

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