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Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites by Matt Kloskowski

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1. Selection Secrets

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When Photoshop CS5 came out in 2010, the natural question I heard from a bunch of people was “What’s your favorite feature in CS5?” I’ve always been into HDR photography and I think everyone thought I’d say HDR Pro (the new and improved HDR feature in CS5). But it wasn’t. I immediately found that the new features in the Refine Edge dialog were my favorite, because just about everything we do in Photoshop involves a selection at some point.

Today, I still stand by my favorite feature from over a year ago. Refine Edge, combined with the Quick Selection tool, is absolutely the best selection tool I’ve found in Photoshop, and ...

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