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Lesson 12. Creating Special Effects > Editing a selection in Quick Mask mode

Editing a selection in Quick Mask mode

When you combine selections as you’ve just done, small unselected gaps can remain between the two loaded selections. In this task, you’ll review the selection and repair any holes that may be there.

1.
Using the Zoom tool (), zoom in to the image so that the area where the two pears overlap fills the image window.

2.
In the toolbox, click the Quick Mask Mode button (), or press Q to select it with the keyboard shortcut.

All the areas in the image that are not included in the selection appear with a 50% red tint.

You can double-click the Edit in Quick Mask Mode button to open the Quick Mask Options dialog box, where you can change the opacity and color of the tint that indicates the unselected areas.


3.
Look closely at the area where the two pears overlap to see if there are any red pixels there.

4.
In the toolbox, make sure that the foreground and background colors are black and white, respectively, or click the small Default Foreground And Background Colors button to reset them.

5.
Select the Eraser tool () and drag it over the area between the two pears to erase any red tint that appears there. If necessary, you can adjust the diameter of the Eraser tool in the tool options bar. Continue erasing until there are no more red pixels in that area.

Leave the selection active for the next procedure.


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