Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Make a Selection in Photoshop
There are several ways to select an object in Photoshop. Once the object is selected, the non-object areas can become masked and invisible. This technique is often used when compositing a series of objects that were photographed one at a time.
The selection bag of tricks includes, Magic Wand, Quick Selection, Rectangular Marquee, Elliptical Marquee, Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Polygon Lasso. and Quick Mask. You can also use the Pen tool to make a selection.
For more information, check out the other topics in the Selections section of the Photoshop CS6 Topics page.
The Magic Wand tool (w key) makes a selection based on color.
If you are trying to make a selection with obvious edges and contrast with the background, try the Quick Selection tool (w key).
The Rectangular Marquee and Elliptical Marquee tools (m key) work well in selecting a circle, square, ellipse or rectangle.
For large rough selections, the Lasso tool (L key) does a great job.
As you click-drag around an object, the Magnetic Lasso tool sticks to the object shape and makes a selection.
If you are dealing with a straight sided object, the Polygon Lasso tool can easily trace the object shape.
With the Quick Mask feature, the selection is painted using the Brush tool.
The Pen tool (p key) can be used to outline a shape. Once the path is compete, it can be converted into a selection.
Use the Refine Edges option to fine tune your selections.
Selections are saved as Channels and Layer Masks.