WATCH: Learn to cut out anything in Photoshop in this YouTube video
Struggling with Photoshop, or just looking to know more advanced techniques to speed up your workflow whenever you’re editing photos? Web designer and commercial photographer Nathaniel Dodson has put together a YouTube video to give you some tips on how to make difficult selections in Photoshop.
His 37-minute video packs a lot of useful information, ranging from basic, intermediate, and advanced methods for making selections using the software.
“We’ll make simple, straight-line selections with the Poly Lasso tool, we’ll select car parts with the Pen Tool and edit the path, we’ll use Calculations to create extremely intricate and difficult selections very quickly, we’ll learn to use and work with Select and Mask as well as Refine Edge, we’ll build a selection based on a single channel, and so much more!” his introduction to the lesson goes.
Here’s a quick guide to the video:
00:35 – Quick selection
03:35 – Use Select and Mask
7:14 – Refine Edge feature
08:58 – Poly Lasso tool + tips for straight selections
12:42 – Using Pen tool
16:54 – Using a channel to create a complex selection
22:54 – Calculations for complex selections with many straight lines
26:19 – Color range to create selections based on color
29:09 – Quick Mask tool to paint selections quickly
31:13 – What to do with a selection
32:26 – Defringe selections for amazing edges
Take several minutes to practice each new technique in Photoshop, and consider adding them to your routine next time to speed up your workflow.