Quick List to the Common Tasks (Using Selection Tools) That You Can Do With Adobe Photoshop

Undeniably, Photoshop has a huge set of namely and useful photo editing and many other identical actions. You can create a lifeless image into something more real and unique. All I would say is that anything is possible with the help of Photoshop, as far as photo aesthetics are related. It is a wide subject that encompasses many techniques. These techniques come in a routine use by photographers, web designers, Photoshop professionals, etc.

Let’s see in detail:

Masking Techniques

For masking purposes, you can find various techniques in Photoshop. Firstly, it would be great to assimilate what all you can do with the help of Masking Techniques, here you go:

  • Blending of Images
  • Retouching
  • Composite images into one
  • Effect blend

In this way, there are various operations that can be done with the help of Image Masking. Next subject to scrutinize is about the methods that can help in creating a convincing mask.

Quick Mask

Quick Selection Photoshop


All & Inverse Selection Photoshop

Quick Mask is one of the simplest tasks at Photoshop, not to forget the usability. It is also among the most frequently used actions in Photoshop. To bring quick mask option forefront, you just have to hit “Q” key from your keyword. It can be used in association with the brush tool in order to paint the selected areas. The selection will be visible to you in transparent red color. After the task is done, re-hit “Q” button to deselect the portion selected for the work. To convert he layer into mask, all you have to do is to click at “Layer Mask” icon in the layer panel. It will automatically emerge the layer into mask.


Well, creating selections in Photoshop is another important task. It can be done easily with the help of multiple ways. There are tools that can help you in taking the selection. First one to study is the Magic Wand tool. It is easy to operate as you just have to select the tool and click at the part of image that you want to be selected. On taking another selection during the same course of action, you can simply hold on to the Shift button and click at further areas of the image. By pressing alt tab along with the shift button, you can deselect the wrongly taken area in the image.

Wand Tool Selection


Selection using Refine Edge

You can also use Quick Selection tool as it instantly selects the target area. Just like the magic wand tool, you can add to the selection by pressing Shift key. The deselecting process is also the same. You can also take help of marquee tools to add or subtract selections in the image. All kind of marquees have different types of selection taking tendencies. The rectangular marquee will take a selection in rectangular form whereas square or elliptical will take their respective forms.

To make the manual selection, you can use the Lasso Tools. They are further divided into Polygonal Lasso and Magnetic Lasso. So, these are the basic ways to make selections and Masking in Photoshop.

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