Mastering Selections in Photoshop CS5, with Dave Cross

Join Dave Cross as he covers all the key tools and techniques for selecting and masking, including the newest Photoshop CS5 techniques.

Being able to make accurate selections is one of the most important skills in Photoshop and making those selections quickly and painlessly is equally important. Join Dave Cross as he covers all the key tools and techniques for selecting and masking, including the newest Photoshop CS5 techniques.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 00:48)


Lesson 2: What is new in Photoshop CS5 (Duration 06:22)

Learn how the greatly enhanced Refine Edge dialog can do an amazing job of selecting fine details.

Lesson 3: Selections versus Masks (Duration 04:34)

See the difference between selections and masks, and why it is important to use both

Lesson 4: Key Concepts (Duration 07:03)

A quick overview of the key selection tools and functions

Lesson 5: Layer Masks (Duration 09:39)

Learn the basics of how layer masks work and why they are so advantageous

Lesson 6: Marquee Tools (Duration 05:34)

How to use the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools

Lesson 7: Lasso Tools (Duration 07:15)

How to use the Regular, Magnetic and Polygonal Lasso tools, including how to switch between them on the fly

Lesson 8: Quick Selection Tool / Magic Wand (Duration 07:18)

Learn how to make automatic selections with the Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools

Lesson 9: Fine-Tuning Selections (Duration 05:59)

How to make your selection more accurate by fine-tuning the selection edge

Lesson 10: Quick Mask (Duration 05:53)

Change the view of your selection and adjust that selection using Quick Mask

Lesson 11: Pen Tool (Duration 05:12)

An overview of using the Pen tool to draw (and edit) a path that can be turned into a selection

Lesson 12: Color Range (Duration 05:12)

Learn how Color Range can help you select a specific range of colors throughout a document in a more interactive way than the Magic Wand

Lesson 13: Refine Edge (Duration 06:29)

A more detailed look at the enhanced Refine Edge dialog

Lesson 14: Saving Selections (Duration 06:03)

How to save your selection as an Alpha Channel or a Layer

Lesson 15: Channel-Based Selection (Duration 06:57)

For complex selections, start with a channel to create a mask

Lesson 16: Green Screen Extraction (Duration 05:42)

Learn an automated way to extract people from a green screen background

Lesson 17: Camera Raw and Selections (Duration 05:45)

Take advantage of Camera Raw Smart Objects to make challenging selections

Lesson 18: Example (Duration 06:11)

Watch a real-world example comparing two methods of making a challenging selection

Lesson 19: Conclusion (Duration 00:32)


Meet Your Instructor: Dave Cross

For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught…


  1. This course was very thorough in its explanation of how each tool functions and the pros and cons of each tool. Seeing each tool put into action was helpful. I found it easy to open Photoshop and work alongside the course as well.

  2. Dave Cross is a very talented instructor. I watched this course several times over the weekend and now have a good understanding of selections and masks.

  3. Great course to follow up a general introduction to Photoshop. Was very easy to follow along, provided thorough explanations and yet I was able to complete it in one sitting without feeling completely overwhelmed. Much more confident now that mastery is within in reach.

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