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EASY Photoshop Editing Trick for FASTER SELECTIONS! (Save & Load Selection Shortcuts)

September 28, 2019

Hi. Welcome back to the,
I’m Jesús Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you an efficient
way of saving and applying selections in Photoshop. This technique is very useful when compositing
or when you’re working on a project that requires you to apply several selections multiple times. Instead of using the Save Selection and Load
Selection commands, I’m going to reveal keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to instantly
call up predefined selections. For this tutorial, I will use a simplified
version of a project file that I use for a written tutorial for the Adobe Create Magazine. If you want to see how this paint splatter
effect was created, then check out the tutorial on the Adobe Create Magazine. I’ll place a link right below under the description. In this video, we’re not going to focus on
the final result. Instead, we’re going to focus on the selection
in masking techniques that will allow you to create faster in Photoshop. Okay, let’s get started. So this is the document that I’m going to
work with. It contains a background, a runner and five
paint splatters. And the first step is to make a selection
out of your main subject. I’m going to disable the Layer Mask for now. You can disable a Layer Mask by holding Shift
and clicking on the Layer Mask thumbnail. And I’ll show you how you can make a selection. So you can make a selection in a few different
ways. First, you can select the Quick Selection
tool and click and drag around
your main subject to select them. Or you can make sure that your Layer is selected
and then go into the Select Subject button while the Quick Selection tool is active. And that will use Adobe Sensei, which is Photoshop’s
artificial intelligence. Which means that Photoshop will use machine
learning technology to determine what the main subject is and it will create a selection
around it. It’s a pretty good selection, but it’s not
perfect. There’s a few imperfections. Let me zoom in to his hands so you can see
how it missed the part in between his fingers and let me show you how to fix it. You can press the Q key on the keyboard to
enable the Quick Mask mode. This applies a red overlay over the areas
that are not selected so it makes it easy for you to see you what you missed. So to fix these areas all you need to do is
press the B key on the keyboard for the Brush tool. You can use the Right and Left Bracket keys
on the keyboard which are next to the letter P to reduce or increase the size of the brush
accordingly. And then with black as your foreground color,
you can just paint in the areas that you want to deselect. When you press Q again, notice how the selection
now matches what you painted over and you can just keep doing that accordingly. One thing I do want to point out is that if
you’re working in an area like this one where the overlay is very similar in color to the
object you’re trying to select, it might get a little confusing. So you might want to change the color of the
overlay. To do so you can double-click on the Quick
Mask icon, which is here just below the Foreground and Background Color. And you enable the Quick Mask Options window
and you can click on the color to bring up the color picker and you can switch the color
to maybe green and press Okay. Press Okay one more time. And now if you go back into the Quick Mask
mode by pressing Q, you’ll see that the overlay is green and you can continue painting accordingly. If I press Q again, you’ll see that those
changes were applied and then you can click on the Layer Mask icon to create a mask based
on the selection. Obviously, we’re not going to use this selection
because I already spent some time fine-tuning and refining a selection and created this
mask out of it. So this is what we’re going to use. I’ll double-click on the Hand tool to fit
the image to screen. And now we’re going to focus on creating and
making selections, which is really important for this technique. So I’ll start by making a selection out of
my Layer Mask. I’ll press Ctrl on Windows, Command in the
Mac and click on the Layer Mask thumbnail. That loads the mask as a selection. Then I’m going to go into the Channels panel. If you don’t see it, you can go into Window
and Channels. And from here I’m going to create a new channel
by clicking on a New Channel icon and I’m going to fill with white. White is currently my background color so
I can press Ctrl Backspace on Windows Command Delete on the Mac to fill with the background
color, which is white. Then I’m going to rename this channel and
I’ll call it Body. And this is how you save selections by converting
them into channels. Next, we’re going to save two more selections. We will start with the arm. To do so I’m going to select the Lasso tool
from the toolbar. Then I’m going to subtract from the selection
by holding Alt on Windows, Option in the Mac and click and drag around his entire body
except his arm to deselect. So now I have a selection to surround his
arm. Then I’ll create a new channel. I’ll call it Arm and I’ll fill it with white,
Ctrl Backspace on Windows, Command Delete on the Mac. And what I’m going to do now is show you a
really cool trick. You probably are noticing that to the right
of these Channels we have a keyboard key and a number. This is actually a keyboard shortcut that
allows us to select that particular channel. For example; if I press Ctrl 3, I’ll select
the Red channel; Ctrl 4, the Green channel; Ctrl 5, the Blue channel; Ctrl 6, the Body
channel; and Ctrl 7 the Arm channel, which is pretty cool. But if you add one more key to that keyboard
shortcut, you’ll be able to load a channel as a selection. For example, if you press Ctrl Alt and the
number six, you’ll make a selection out of the runner’s body. If you press Ctrl Alt 7, you will make a selection
out of the arm. And by the way that’s Command Option and the
number on the Mac. So this is going to be the powerful and efficient
technique that’s going to help us create masks and selections really quickly when compositing. What I’m going to do next is press Ctrl Alt
6 to load the body as a selection. And I’m going to deselect everything but his
leg. Then with the selection active, I’m going
to create a new channel and fill it with white, Ctrl Backspace and I’ll call this channel
Leg. What I’m going to do now is press Ctrl D,
Command D to deselect. I’ll click on RGB and I’ll go back into my
Layers panel. Next, I’m going to start compositing and whenever
I need any one of those selections I’m going to use a keyboard shortcut to bring it up,
Ctrl Alt 6 for the body, Ctrl Alt 7 for the arm, or Ctrl Alt 8 for the leg. So for this first splatter Layer, I’m going
to enable it and since I want his arm to cover the splatter to make it seem as if he’s behind
his arm, all I need to do is press Ctrl Alt and the number seven and that makes a selection
around his arm. And then I can create an inverted Layer Mask
by clicking on the Layer Mask icon while holding the Alt key on Windows. That’s the Option key in the Mac. And that creates that effect that you see
there. I’m going to undo that just to show you the
long way of doing it so you can see the value of this technique. If I wanted to do the same thing without using
the keyboard shortcuts, I want you to go into the Channels panel, hold Ctrl, then click
on the Channel thumbnail to load it as a selection. Go back into the Layers panel and then click
on the Layer Mask icon. And finally press Ctrl I, Command I to invert
the selection. So as you can see by using these keyboard
shortcuts, you are much more efficient and faster when compositing and using Layer Mask. Let me show you a couple more examples. I’m going to enable this Layer, and in this
case, I want to make it seem as if the paint is behind his entire body. So I’ll press Ctrl Alt and the number six
to load his entire body as a selection. Then I’ll hold Alt on Windows, Option in the
Mac and click on the Layer Mask icon to create an inverted Layer Mask. Then I’ll enable splatter number four. This time I want his leg to cover this splatter. So I’ll press Ctrl Alt and the number eight
to load the leg as a selection. And again I’ll create an inverted Layer Mask,
like so. Then I’ll enable splatter number five and
this time I don’t need to use any of my predefined selections. I can just create a new Layer Mask and I can
paint to blend in the pixels onto his body. I’m going to tap on the Right Bracket key
on the keyboard to increase the size of my brush and I’m just going to paint like so
to remove that edge and just blend those pixels together, like so. And I can do the same thing on splatter number
one. I can blend these pixels together just to
make it more realistic. Like I said before, the final outcome is not
important for today’s video. Focus on learning the technique and apply
it to your own projects. Also, in this tutorial, I only have five paint
splatters, but I’m sure that you can already see the power of this technique if I had a
few dozen more. By the way, if you want to learn more cool
tricks on masking and selections, then check out my YouTube playlist where I have almost
20 videos that deal with masking, cutouts, and selections, check it out. I’ll place a link right below under the description. Also, if this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that Subscribe and Notification button. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll talk to you again in the next video.

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