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Chapter 4. Mastering the Art of Selection > Using the Quick Mask Option

Using the Quick Mask Option

Photoshop represents selection using an animated single-pixel wide marquee, sometimes referred to as a crawling or marching ant marquee. Typically the enclosed or "marquee" area represents the working area of the document. Unfortunately, when selections become complicated you wind up with crawling ants marching all over the screen. While complicated selections are a part of the Photoshop designer's life, they shouldn't have to be hard to visualize or modify. Photoshop knows this and created the Quick Mask option. When you're using Quick Mask, Photoshop displays the selected areas with a user-defined color and opacity. Then by using your painting tools, you can make quick work of modifying the selection.


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