Lesson 7 - Objectives 1-2 (Monday)
B07-01 Skill: Using Photoshop's select subject, select and mask, and the object selection tool.
Selections are central to working in Photoshop. The most basic workflow in Photoshop is to select something and then use a tool, adjustment, or command to do something to the selection you've made. Selections in Photoshop show as an animated series of small dashes, often called "marching ants."
Being able to make a selection in Photoshop is so important that the application gives you many tools, and many ways to make a selection. You've already learned some of them in previous lessons, but in this lesson we will go over them in much greater detail. A good portion of the advanced Photoshop class is dedicated to advanced selection techniques. We'll focus on the more basic ones in this lesson. Let's begin with three powerful newer features - Select Subject, Select & Mask, and the Object Selection Tool. I use these three newer selection methods more than any others. Watch the videos below (30 minutes)...
B07-02 Skill: Make a selection, save a selection, and reload a saved selection
- Understand how to save a selection in a Photoshop file, and reload the selection at another time.
- Apply what you've learned in B07-01 and B07-02 to remove a model from her background.
Below is a brief listing of the ways you can make selections in Photoshop. Each link below connects to a short video showing how the tool is used. These are for your reference. You don't need to watch them now. Many, but not all, of the videos are repeated in the lesson, along with image files you can download and try for yourself. These selection skills are critical to using Photoshop's full power - so take time and learn them. Practice, too, will help you.
Save a selection so you can reload it later
Watch the video, "Photoshop: How to save a selection, and reload it later on."
In this video you will learn how to save a selection that you can recall later on - even after you've closed the file and come back to it days later. Saving selections is an important feature that gives you a lot of power over your images. Selections are saved as "Alpha Channels" in the channels panel. I'll show you two different ways you can reload a selection when you need to recall one.
Apply: Exercise B07-02
Download this original photo. Use what you've learned from the videos above to remove her from her background to a new layer with a layer mask. Then add a different background behind her. Save your file as B07-02_Your_Name.PSD. This will be submitted with the week 7 exercise files.