Finally Understand Selections in Photoshop

In Lightroom, Photoshop by Matt K13 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

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