Chapter 1. Selections and Cutouts


Let’s kick off by going through a number of techniques for making selections and cutouts. As always with Photoshop, there are countless ways to achieve the same or similar results. In this chapter I take you through the techniques I use most often in my own workflow.

Making selections can be frustrating. I’m sure you’d much rather spend your time being creative than making selections, but there are times that they’re unavoidable, especially when compositing. But with a little knowledge and a little practice, you’ll soon find that they don’t take much time at all.

Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge

When the ...

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