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Photoshop selection methods

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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
November 18, 2011

Learn how to make quick and accurate selections in Photoshop with this tutorial

Using Photoshop to make selections is one of the fundamental skills any user has to master. Thankfully there are lots of options for anyone just starting out, or those who would prefer a quick solution.

Photoshop Creative 81 takes a look at the basic (but still accurate) selection methods. We run you through what the tools are, how they work and how you can use them. We have a taster below, for how to select a colour and then edit it.

Select and edit colour with the Magic Wand

Isolating elements within an image enables you to inject enhancements where needed without affecting the whole of your shot. In this image the greens, yellows and browns are dynamic but the blues seem washed out against them. By selecting the sky and the water, the colour can be adjusted to marry perfectly with the rest of the image.


Magic Wand

Select the Magic Wand tool from the Toolbar and make a selection of the water by clicking once in a fairly dark blue area. Zoom in to be sure you’re selecting the right shade rather than the surrounding pigments such as the boat or riverbank.


Add to Selection

In the Magic Wand’s Options bar, select Add to Selection (depicted as two squares on top of one another). With this selected, click in the sky area to make a second selection of those same-coloured pixels to be added to the first.


Enhance colour

Go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Color Curves and increase the Midtone curve by half the available value. The adjustment will only be applied to the two blue selected areas. The colour on the rest of the image will remain unchanged.