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There are only three elements in this simple montage: the background, the bike, and its shadow. But there’s a world of difference between the crudely selected version, top, and the careful cutout, right. Making accurate selections is the key to working in Photoshop successfully.

1Natural selection

THE TECHNIQUES described in this book assume you have a reasonable working knowledge of Photoshop. In later chapters, we’ll discuss ways of working that involve modifying selections, and using both QuickMask and the Pen tool to create Bézier curves. ...

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