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Part I:: Mastering the Basics > Selecting Objects and Backgrounds

Chapter 2. Selecting Objects and Backgrounds

Virtually every step in the retouching or compositing process requires making a selection to isolate one portion of the image from the rest of the photo. You may make a selection because you want to apply a filter or color adjustment only to one section of the image. Or, you simply may want to protect most of an image from errant brush strokes. A selection can also be copied and pasted down into its own layer for further manipulation.

Making the right selections is one of the foundations of working with Photoshop, so I’m going to devote an entire chapter to the broad array of tools and techniques at your disposal. You’ll learn how to use the basic selection tools, such as the marquees and lassos, and work with more advanced tools, such as the Quick Mask mode.


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