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The Mask: selection techniques > Making Selections Using a Brush

Making Selections Using a Brush

A lot of people are more comfortable using brushes than using Marquee tools. If you’re one of those people (you know who you are), then you’re in luck—you can make your selections by painting over the areas you want selected. Even if this sounds weird, it’s worth a try—you might really like it (it’s the same way with sushi). A major advantage of painting your selections is that you can choose a soft-edged brush (if you like) to automatically give you feathered edges. Here’s how it works.

Step One

Choose the Selection Brush tool from the Toolbox (or press the A key). Before you start, you’ll want to choose your brush size, by clicking on the Brush Preset icon in the Options Bar to open the Brush Picker. If you want a soft-edged selection (roughly equivalent to a feathered selection), choose a soft-edged brush in the Picker or change your brush’s Hardness setting in the Options Bar: 0% gives a very soft edge, while 100% creates a very hard edge to your selection.


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