Selections Are A Piece of Cake In Photoshop CC

Selections Are A Piece of Cake In Photoshop CC

The title says it all. As much as I love Lightroom, making a selection to a specific part of an image is extremely difficult to say the least. Heck in Photoshop it can be the same thing. One of the hardest things to do is to make a targeted adjustment via a selection. Let me rephrase, it used to be hard to make targeted adjustments via specific selections, because in Photoshop CC selections are a piece of cake.

Lets say you are working on a portrait and you want to make a change to everything but the skin tone of your subject. In the past you would make a rough selection via the quick selection tool (or a similar tool), then refine the edge being extremely careful to ensure only certain information is part of the selection. Only then you could make your targeted adjustment, but if the selection was off you have paint in the corrections via the layer mask. I mean the whole process is very time-consuming to get it right, lots of tweaking and fine tuning.

In Photoshop CC, they have really spent some time refining the way you make selections via the Color Range tool. When you use Color Range, the drop down options offer you all of the control found in previous versions of Photoshop, but they have upped the control. The face detection and fuzziness slider work incredibly well with the skin tone selection option. Combine the ability to save a selection and invert it, you can easily make extremely detailed masks that give you ultimate control over your image with very little effort.

I promise that if you have struggled in the past with making specific and targeted adjustments to your images, that Photoshop CC will make that a thing of the past. Spend a few minutes watching the video below to see how easy it really is. It doesn’t have to be difficult to make an exact selection and control it via a masks in Photoshop CC. Thanks for your time and I hope to see you again tomorrow, Sincerely, Thomas Shue

  1. Thanks Tom. Great tutorial.

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