"Select and Mask" in Photoshop

For removing a portion of one photograph, the Background, masking it, and merging it with a second photograph, Clouds.

For example, as shown here, replacing the sky in a landscape scene.




Selections in Photoshop


Selection is one of Photoshops most powerful tools. Here’s a list of the selection methods ranked in order of ease of use and accuracy.

The purpose of selections is to create layer masks

The Selection Tools

The New Photoshop environment for “Select and Mask”



Making a Selection and a Mask


In the past you’d work directly on the canvas when you clicked on one of the above tools… Then you’d send the selection to a masked layer, and then you could refine the rough edges of your mask. In the last year Photoshop has consolidated and simplified the process.

Keyboard Short Cuts

Result

Windows

macOS

Decrease Brush Size [ [
Increase Brush Size ] ]
Decrease Brush Hardness { {

Refine Edge Adjustable Properties

Result

Windows

macOS

Open the Refine Edge dialog box

Control + Alt + R

Command + Option + R

Cycle (forward) through preview modes

F

F

Cycle (backward) through preview modes

Shift + F

Shift + F

Toggle between original image and selection preview

X

X

Toggle between original selection and refined version

P

P

Toggle radius preview on and off

J

J

Toggle between Refine Radius and Erase Refinements tools

Shift + E

Shift + E


Making a mask by Selection with Color

  • Photoshop Menu: Selection By Color (Obsolete)

    Selections using the sub-pixel accurate "Pen Tool" (Obsolete)

    Tool Panel
    The Pen Tool
    The Pen Tool


    Here are three other online tutorials for the "New" Selecting and Masking Technique

    https://www.thoughtco.com/use-new-select-and-mask-space-4056774
    https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/selection-masking-space.html https://rcpmarketing.com/select-mask-photoshop-cc2017/