Change Select And Mask Back To Refine Edge In Cc 2017

The major new feature of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, Select and Mask, is introduced as the replacement for the Refine Edge panel.By Stan Sholik12.16.2016

Photographers with the Creative sầu Cloud subscription for Adobe Photoshop anticipate, and sometimes dread, the big new-name version releases that Adobe engineers have sầu prepared. With the Photoshop CC 2017 release, both camps seem to have found something lớn discuss.Only two additions in the new release are truly important for photographers familiar with Photosiêu thị. And one of these, Select & Mask, discussed in detail in the tutorial below, has become the subject of considerable controversy. (Don’t worry, I have a solution for you.) The other addition, which can be quite useful, is the ability khổng lồ adjust each eye independently when using Liquify > Face-Aware Liquify > Eyes. Other changes in the 2017 release, such as the new tìm kiếm panel (cmd/ctrl+F), the design và Adobe Stochồng templates, tư vấn for SVG mở cửa Type fonts, & new Creative sầu Cloud Libraries capabilities seem more aimed for new users & designers.

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The major new feature, Select & Mask, is introduced as the replacement for the Refine Edge panel. Select and Mask is designed to lớn provide “the same functionality as Refine Edge in a streamlined way,” according lớn Adobe. With each new tool or set of tools that Adobe introduces, particularly if we thua a tool with which we are familiar, there are bound to lớn be issues. So let’s take a look at how we should be using Select và Mask before forming any conclusions.



There are a number of ways lớn open the Select & Mask taskspace: choose Select > Select và Mask…; select any selection tool và click the Select & Mask… button in the Options bar; if there is a layer mask on the layer, click Select and Mask… in the Properties panel of the layer mask; or, press cmd+opt+R (Mac) or ctrl+alt+R (Windows).

Within the Select & Mask taskspace there are several familiar Photosiêu thị selection tools available: Quichồng Selection (the topmost icon) as well as the Lasso và Polygonal Lasso tools nested together in the fourth inhỏ down. One of the advantages of the Select và Mask taskspace is having these tools readily available together. Use the appropriate selection tool to lớn make a selection. I used the Quick Selection khổng lồ roughly outline the dogs. Pressing the opt/alternative text key with Quiông chồng Selection active switches from adding lớn the selection to lớn subtracting from the selection. 



When you’ve sầu made a rough selection, it’s time to go lớn the Properties panel to lớn adjust the mask. Use one of the view modes khổng lồ see the result of the rough mask và adjust the mask opađô thị with the Opathành phố slider. You can press the X key lớn disable all of the view modes & see the original image. 




Now use the Radius slider in the Edge Detection subpanel to lớn choose a selection border radius to lớn use for the Refine Edge brush, the second icon down in the Tool panel. A small radius is best for sharp edges, lượt thích the edge of clothing, & a wider radius for soft edges, like hair. If your image has both sharp and soft edges, select Smart Radius, và Select và Mask will use the appropriate setting for each. Using the Refine Edge brush khổng lồ brush around the edges. I used a radius of 30 around the dogs with Smart Edges off. Use the J key or cliông xã Show Edge to see the refined edge. 



When you"ve completed brushing the edges, select a different view mode và zoom inlớn the image using the Zoom tool or Zoom In shortcut (cmd/ctrl++). I put the dogs on white và found some areas that needed some touchup. The Brush tool, the third inhỏ down in the toolbar, is the tool lớn use. It acts the same way as brushing blachồng or Trắng onkhổng lồ a layer mask. You can navigate quickly around the window by pressing the H + left mouse button lớn activate Birds Eye View.

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Once your mask edge is looking good, it’s time lớn make refinements khổng lồ the edge. The Global Refinements subpanel includes sliders for smoothing, feathering, contrast, & shifting the edge in or out. I used a low setting for all of these in hopes of preserving as much of the dogs’ fur as possible.

Finally, use the đầu ra Settings subpanel as you did in Refine Edge. The Decontaminate Colors checkbox replaces any color fringing with the color of fully selected nearby pixels. And then decide how you want the final image output. I almost always use New Layer with Layer Mask. Clichồng the OK button, & you’re done.

Baông xã in Photocửa hàng, add a new layer filled with color, or composite the image into your background. As with any masking in Photocửa hàng, you"re likely to need to lớn perkhung some additional work on the layer mask to lớn clean things up a bit. 


As you can see from the before and after, Select và Mask does a reasonable job of masking. Is it as good as the Refine Edge tool that it replaces? I have included the same image masked using Refine Edge for you lớn judge for yourself.

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Here’s one final triông xã. Frustrated with Select & Mask & sure that Refine Edge would have done a better job? Then make your initial selection in Photoshop and cliông chồng the layer mask icon khổng lồ change the selection khổng lồ a layer mask. Then go to the Select thực đơn. Hold down the Shift key, scroll down the menu và clichồng on Select and Mask. The Refine Edge window opens. There’s no guarantee on how long this undocumented technique will be included in Photocửa hàng, but hopefully long enough for the Adobe engineers lớn improve Select & Mask to clean up some shortcomings. 

Stung Sholik is a commercial and advertising photographer in Santa Ana, California. 

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