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The Quick Selection tool


With the Quick Selection tool, brush on the image and the tool automatically detects and selects up to the edges of the element you brush on. If the image has well-defined edges, this works great.

  1. Choose the Quick Selection tool.
  2. In the Brush Preset picker in the Options bar (shown below), choose a brush size and hardness (closer to zero is softer).
  3. Brush inside an area to select it. To add to the selection, pick up the mouse and drag again in an unselected area (by default, the Add to selection option stays selected after the first brush stroke).
  4. To subtract from the selection, select the Subtract from selection icon in the Options bar, then brush across unwanted areas.
  5. If it’s necessary to refine the selection, use the options in the “Refine Edge...” dialog from the Options bar (see page 77).
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