A Quick Guide to the Quick Selection Tool in Adobe Photoshop
Not to state the obvious, but Photoshop is used to edit photos. Usually, the photographer does not want to alter the entire photo, but just one figure or specific figures. The easiest way to select such figures would be by using the Quick Selection tool.
When using the Quick Selection tool, you are basically coloring in your figure with your mouse to select it. First select the tool in the left menu bar as pictured on the left.
Once the cursor becomes a circle crosshair, you are ready to select the figure. Click and drag the crosshair across the object of your choosing and it should become selected (denoted as a dotted line moving around the edges of your object. In this case, I’m using the pelican on the right of my photo.
If you look closely, the dotted line runs outside of the feet. To trim or reshape the highlighted area, use the Add to Selection and Subtract from Selection buttons on the top. To make the selection area bigger, select add and work, from the inside, out. To make it smaller, select subtract and work, from the outside, in.
The “36” denotes pixel size of selection. This is the least you can add or subtract to your selection. In my example, I would subtract and click the area below the pelican’s feet and click and drag inward. I would do the same for any other ares I want to edit.