Mastering Selections in Photoshop CS5 By Dave Cross

1 hr 47 min
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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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Learn how the greatly enhanced Refine Edge dialog can do an amazing job of selecting fine details.
See the difference between selections and masks, and why it is important to use both
A quick overview of the key selection tools and functions
Learn the basics of how layer masks work and why they are so advantageous
How to use the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools
How to use the Regular, Magnetic and Polygonal Lasso tools, including how to switch between them on the fly
Learn how to make automatic selections with the Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools
How to make your selection more accurate by fine-tuning the selection edge
Change the view of your selection and adjust that selection using Quick Mask
An overview of using the Pen tool to draw (and edit) a path that can be turned into a selection
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
A more detailed look at the enhanced Refine Edge dialog
How to save your selection as an Alpha Channel or a Layer
For complex selections, start with a channel to create a mask
Learn an automated way to extract people from a green screen background
Take advantage of Camera Raw Smart Objects to make challenging selections
Watch a real-world example comparing two methods of making a challenging selection
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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 Photoshop,Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Ce...

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    I see it has been 5 or so years since you did this course, but I found it to be relevant to CC 2014, very helpful and enlightening.
    Thank you Dave. !

  2. Profile photo of kdav12 kdav12

    Thanks Dave

  3. Profile photo of Mark Mark

    this course helped me so much with selections. Thanks Dave —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Twolff Twolff

    Dave Cross is a great teacher. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of kerryann.natallie kerryann.natallie

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of R. Dennis Burr R. Dennis Burr

    Nicely explained and demonstrated.

  7. Profile photo of tankinmd_2 tankinmd_2

    Very helpful…
    Thanks for producing this, lots of information I will be using. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of chuckriley chuckriley

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Lance White Sr. Lance White Sr.

    Excellent! ;) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of ASHDubuque ASHDubuque

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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