Quick Selection Tool CS5

Quick Selection Tool CS5

Using the quick selection tool in CS5 is quick and simple to use once you have mastered it. You are able to add and create backgrounds easily once you have get the hang of the quick selection tool and enhance your images to just the way you like them.

Here I’ll show you how to use the Quick Selection Tool in CS5 to create this image.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
I will be using the free stock images on Ethiriel.

The more you use the quick selection tool, the more you will like it!
Click on Add To Selection in the menu bar, you will see it is the one with the + sign.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Make a rough selection around the image by dragging the quick selection tool over the parts of the image you want to select.
Don’t worry about any areas that want to be included at this stage, we are just aiming for the rough selection here.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Make sure that the ‘Add To Selection’ has been selected.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Zoom into the selection so you can see the edges clearly.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Decrease the size of the brush with the slider, or use the brackets on your keyboard and gently push the selection to the edges of your image parts that you want selected.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
To subtract from the selection, check on the – sign of the selection in the menu. This will enable you to push any stray marching ants back onto your image.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
After you have gone round your entire image with the quick selection tool and you are happy with your result, its time to refine the edge, click on ‘Select’ in the menu and scroll down to Refine Edge.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Quick Selection Tool CS5
Quick Selection Tool CS5
Zoom into the image

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Drag the smooth and contrast slider’s around to smooth and define the edge as you would like it to look.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
If your edge is looking slightly raggy, you can use the shift edge slider and make the adjustments you need.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Quick Selection Tool CS5
Next we need to select the output, so click on the output box and scroll down to new layer. This means your image will be places on a new layer above your original image, keeping your original in tact.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Now you can click OK.

You can see your new layer in the layers pallette above your original image and you can see its on a clear transparent layer.

Quick Selection Tool CS5
You have successfully removed your background using the quick selection tool.

Now click onto the original image layer, find the file you would like to insert as the background and drag it across to the image.
You now have a completed new image with new background!

Quick Selection Tool CS5
Thanks for joining us for this tutorial on the selection tool CS5. We hope you enjoyed it.

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