Using the Quick Selection Tool

The Quick Selection tool lets you select the outline of a shape within an image (for example, this yellow flower that I need to cut out and paste into another image) without having to manually trace its outline. This is easiest to do with bold shapes that stand out from the background, but you can edit the selection with precision where needed.

This is just one of the many Photoshop techniques you’ll try out on our 2-day Photoshop course. Coming to us to train in person means having a trainer on hand to trouble-shoot and give you advice – much more useful than trying to figure out this complex software by yourself or by using online video tutorials that can easily go out of date. If this is old-hat to you, why not come on our Advanced Photoshop course?

To Use the Quick Selection tool:

1. Load your image in Photoshop and select the Quick Selection tool (hint: it’s toggled with the Magic Wand tool).

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Tried and Tested: Top 5 Features in Photoshop CS5

photoshop-cs5Adobe Photoshop CS5 was launched on April 12th 2010 and has continued to prove why it’s the market leading digital image editing suite.

‘New features’ guides are often published as soon as packages are released – but you only really get to know Photoshop well by using it in depth. So, to complement by ‘Best Bits‘ post from last year, here are my favourite Photoshop CS5 features from a year of use.

Below is a look at our Top 5 Photoshop CS5 features that have really made a difference to day to day editing – both in terms of saving time and helping to achieve more professional output.

We’ve provided an overview, and details of where to find these powerful features in Photoshop’s menus, so you can have a go at them yourself!

For a bit more Photoshop fun – check out our recent tutorial on how to make a lightsaber in Photoshop CS5 – or for really in-depth coverage attend a Photoshop Course with us.

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