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Part: II A Hands-On Reference for Creati... > Harnessing the Power of Selections

Chapter 5. Harnessing the Power of Selections

In this chapter, you'll learn

  • How to perform basic selections in Photoshop

  • How to use the Marquee tools and options

  • How to use the Lasso tools to select image areas

  • How to use the Magic Wand tool to select areas containing similar colors

  • How to use a layer mask

  • How to make the best selections—fast

  • How to combine selection methods

  • How to save and load selections

  • How to use a number of selection tools to replace an overcast sky with one you've created in Photoshop

All photo-editing work can be lumped into two general categories: You are working on an entire image (removing a color cast, cropping, rotating, and so on), or you're working on a portion of an image (perhaps removing backgrounds from people or objects, creating special effects like a soft focus background, or doing any host of other common tasks). Photoshop provides an assortment of tools for selecting the portion of the image with which we want to work.


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