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Chapter 8. Masks > Use Quick Mask mode to make a selection

Use Quick Mask mode to make a selection

There are many reasons why you may want to select an area in an image, and Photoshop provides a couple of selection tools that enable you to do so. Which selection tool you use depends on the image, its complexity, and what you intend to do to it. All the selection tools enable you to make fairly accurate selections, but to make the process of selecting a specific area easier and the actual selection more refined, you'll also need to use Quick Mask mode to ensure the best possible results.

The selection process

There are several examples of when Quick Mask mode can be useful, such as when a selection needs to be extremely accurate and when we want to apply a filter to a specific area while preserving the rest of the image. Explaining how Quick Mask mode works is easier done than said, so we'll skip the introduction and get right to work. In this article, we'll use Quick Mask mode to make a refined selection around the children in our original image, shown on the left in Figure A, so that we don't give either child a haircut when we remove the background around them, as shown in the image on the right in Figure A.


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