Finally Understand Selections in Photoshop

In Lightroom, Photoshop by Matt K20 Comments

Woo hoo!!! Tomorrow is the big day for the Photoshop System launch. I released another free bonus video about selections. It’s free to watch and download, and it’s yours to keep. If you haven’t signed up for updates, make sure you swing by this page and put your email in. And if you’re not sure, just put it in – the system will get rid of duplicates automatically.

So What’s It All About?

There’s so many different selection tools in Photoshop and I think it gets a little daunting to know which one does what. So, in this 19 minute video, I went through the tools and examples of where each one fits in. I start pretty simple, with the basic marquee and lasso tools. I don’t use ’em much for important things, but I did show where they come in handy once in a while. And then I moved to the better tools like Quick Selection, as well as the Select > Color Range and Select > Focus Area tools under the select menu. Plus, I show that┬áthe Select and Mask (formerly Refine Edge)┬ádialog box is the thing that brings all of these tools together.

So far, the feedback has been amazing. I’ve gotten emails from people all day saying this video alone finally helped them understand selections in Photoshop. The video is below, but you need to go to this page to download it. Plus, there’s a free PDF Cheat Sheet guide that you can refer back to. Both downloads are right below the video on this page. Enjoy!


  1. Buddy Moran

    Many aha moments from this great instruction video. Thanks for sharing your skills!

  2. YC

    Sorry to ask the question here, but is CC’s “select and mask” functionally the same as CS6’s “refine edge”? Specifically, is there an equivalent to the “refine edge brush tool”?

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Hi. It’s close. Select and Mask has just a couple more sliders in it, but they work almost exactly the same. And yes, the brush is there.

  3. John Robert McNally

    Hi Matt – Do we get the same instruction videos on The Basic Course ?
    And can we download & own The Basic Course?

    This is a wild card, are Cheat Sheets included on The Basic Course?

    Are Cheat Sheets Extra Information To Help To Learn Adobe Photoshop?

    Looking To Purchase Before The Offer Runs Out.

    PS: I am just a novice, I have had Adobe CC (Lightroom & Photoshop) for a couple of months.
    I kind of use by trial and error, and use Photoshop as a platform for Topaz Labs Software (To Edit My Images).

    Many Thanks
    John Mac

    1. Author
      Matt K

      1) Basic is the same as the others as far as instruction.
      2) You download and keep all videos and follow along images.
      3) No cheat sheets are not part of the basic course.

  4. Clive Palmer

    Hi Matt I am on your mailing list and haveUltimate Lightroom. I completed the order for Photoshop but have not recieved confirmation. If for some reason the order did not arrive please advise and I will reorder. Do not want to miss out and am desperate to learn now that you have completed it. Thanks so much for all I have learnt from you. Best wishes .Clive

  5. Walter Nixon


    I am considering purchasing your Complete Lightroom Course, which I assume is “Learn Lightroom Now”. Consequently I watched your free tutorial, “How much editing is too much in Lightroom”. The tutorial was good but its resolution on my monitor was not good. Will the display in the actual online course be sharper?

    Also, how long can I access the course on line and how much does it cost.

    Thank you,


  6. Laurie Mueller-Bevirt

    Hi Matt,

    The text above the video on this page mentions a free pdf cheat sheet but I couldn’t find one.
    Thank you!

  7. Peter

    Hi Matt,
    Besides Photoshop there are numerous other pieces of software that “Make selections easy”. By the way I have studied “The State of Post Processing in 2017” sod perhaps I shouldn’t ask this but…..

    Do you mostly stick with Photoshop for making selections or do you use ON1, Topaz or any of the other offerings?
    I guess to some extent it’s a case of whatever you feel comfortable with but do you really think anything is that much easier or faster than photoshop for tricky selections?


    1. Author
      Matt K

      Hey Peter – I’ve used them all and for me personally I feel Photoshop is the best out there. It’s where I feel most comfortable and it’s always given me the best results. It’s not just about selections, but also what I want to do after that makes a difference – and Photoshop (again, for me personally) is just the best at making the selections and doing something with them after. Hope that helps.

      1. Peter

        Hi Matt – thanks for the quick reply. Quite a few “tutorials” seem to have more the flavour of “advertorials” selling the benefits of specific software products. I find your honest opinions on the pros and cons of these numerous options very helpful.
        Thanks very much.

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