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How to use Photoshop’s selection and masking tools from the June 2016 update, which makes selections around tricky areas such as hair easier. Creating accurate selections and masks in Photoshop is now quicker and easier than ever before. A dedicated new workspace helps you make precise selections and masks. Use tools like Refine Edge Brush to cleanly separate foreground and background elements and do much more.

For this tutorial, I used Adobe Photoshop Cc 2017 on Windows.

please note that the Select and Mask workspace replaces the Refine Edge dialog in earlier versions of Photoshop, offering the same functionality in a streamlined way.

Open an image in Photoshop that you need to extract subject from background.

Choose Select then Select And Mask

First, you will want to choose your view mode in the Properties panel. I’ve already chosen to use On overlay mode.

The Select And Mask workspace features a combination of familiar and new tools:

Take Quick Selection Tool

Make quick selections based on color and texture similarity when you click or click-drag the area you want to select. The mark you make doesn’t need to be precise, because the Quick Selection tool automatically and intuitively creates a border.

Still there is some hair which are not in selection. it’s time to make refinements to the edge.

Before that

in the Edge Detection settings

Turn on Smart Radius. This will help bring in some of the finer details of the hair or fur. if your selection is a portrait that includes both hair and shoulders, then you should use this option to get perfect masks.

Now take Refine Edge Brush Tool

brush over soft areas such as hair or fur to add fine details to the selection.

This will decontaminate the hair, but also include any stray strands of hair that were missing from original selection.

tick the Decontaminate Colours box to remove any color fringing with the color of fully selected nearby pixels.

Finally, use the Output Settings.

I almost always use New Layer with Layer Mask. Click the OK button, and you’re done.

Now you can drag and place cutout subject or composite the image into any background.

As you can see from the before and after, Select and Mask does a reasonable job of masking.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial

This video tutorial also helps if you have question like below

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Working With Selections: The New Select and Mask Feature. Photoshop Tips: Selecting with Quick Mask. Using Select and Mask to refine a hard-edged selection.

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  • David Kado
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Same here. I used it once and great, this time it's not working at all. The brush is small and when I use refine edge it paints red on!!

  • yusuf elia Ilyas
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    thank you 🙂

  • Felen Bonghanoy
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    u just save my life, thank u

  • Jerarudo Junia
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    the perfect tutorial

  • Nick
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    This is amazing! Great tutorial! 😀

  • Rod Allsopp
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    This is a great video and has helped me with this task, but, that music! Urgh. I don't have speakers on my PC so wear headphones when I need to listen to something. The panning effect you have going on here is awful!

    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    i have photoshop cs6 but in that i cannot find the option of select and mask

  • Kiarna Michie
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Easy to follow steps and it worked with several images that I tried. Great tutorial 🙂

  • owenkilleen
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    I find this new select and mask way to automative. I had a nice mix of manual with automative refine edge in 2015 photoshop

  • Fred L. Taulbee Jr.
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Why does mine have a light gray border around it when I put into the secondary picture? I saved it as a jpg and it's still there.

  • Dim Sum Lite
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    I have a fast computer and even updated to the newest Photoshop CC, yet sometimes the brush size doesn't show when you enlarge or make it smaller. Also its making my photos transparent and the loading times takes forever.

  • Art Voltage
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Its really good tutorial

  • Patrick Peters
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Clear and concise-Thanks

  • needmoney666
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Very good tutorial. Thanks!

  • Derek Maddox
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    I used this one time and it was perfect. Now for some reason the refine edge tool just turns my selections into a fuzzy mess. Not sure what I am doing wrong

  • Pixels
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Great tutorial, clear and easy to understand a great job. I think you will soon have many subscribers. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alysia Van Camp
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    fantastic! I could listen to your accent all day! Great job on the technique!

  • Barry Pack
    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Awesome job!

    Posted July 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    Thank you very much. This is very appreciated, only correct me if I'm wrong. You need to place the cross of the ' Quick Selection Tool' only and only inside of the area that you need to select or is not that necessary?.

    By the way, on other topic, this next sunday I'm returning to post videos, with many tricks and animations that I've learn from you. It's such a shame I can't mention one in specific but believe me. There's a lot of you going on there on my videos. I humbly thank you.

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