Quick Selections in Photoshop

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Photoshop is one of the modern greatest software for creating great pictorial edits, manipulating imagery existence and also, I am proudly telling you it is an industry standard software till date used by professionals photographers and graphic designers.

Quickly, let us go into the real of “quick selections in Photoshop”

Selecting objects in Photoshop can be done in four different ways:

  • Use the Object Selection tool,
  • Select Subject,
  • Quick Selection, or
  • Magic Wand tools.

Use the Object Selection tool

The Object Selection tool help you select a single object or part of an object in an image—people, cars, furniture, pets, clothes etc. You can do this by drawing a rectangular region or a lasso around the object, the Object Selection tool automatically selects the object inside the region.

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You can see this tool on the main interface tools in Photoshop or from the tool panel in the Select And Mask Workspace.

To select objects in an image using the Object Selection tool, follow the steps below:

  • click the Object Selection tool from the Tools panel.

Choose a selection mode and define a region around the object. Rectangle or Lasso.

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  • Rectangle mode: Drag the mouse to select a rectangular region around the object.
  • Lasso mode: Draw a  lasso outside the boundary of the object. (not necessarily accurate)
    Photoshop automatically selects the object inside the defined region.

Select Subject

The Select Subject command is powered by advanced machine learning technology, Select Subject is designed to identify a variety of objects in an image—ranging from animals to people, and from vehicles to toys etc.

Select subjects automatically

Select Subject automatically selects the main subjects in your image.

Follow the steps:

  • Choose Select > Subject. (note: when using Object SelectionQuick Selection, or Magic Wand tools, click Select Subject in the options BAR.

Note: Since Photoshop 21.2, June 2020 release, the Select Subject has been enhanced with automated intelligence to detect its content like persons, image, cars etc in an entire image. Similarly, when creating selection on portrait images, airs has been give a specific focus and thus, a strong focus on the hairlines has left the new Photoshop a remarkable exploration with its users.   

To temporarily turn off the content-awareness, you can press and hold the Shift key while performing Select Subject.

Quick Selection tool

Quick Selection tool is specifically used to paint a selection using an adjustable round brush tip. As you drag, the selection extends beyond the lines and automatically find edges.

Hold down the Magic Wand tool if the tool is not visible.

You can use the Quick Selection tool  to quickly “paint” a selection using an adjustable round brush tip.

  • As you drag, the selection expands outward and automatically finds and follows defined edges in the image.
  • To change the brush tip size, click the Brush pop-up menu in the options bar, and type in a pixel size or drag the slider. Use the Size pop‑up menu options to make the brush tip size sensitive to pen pressure or a stylus wheel.


Press the right bracket (]) to increase the Quick Selection tool brush tip size; press the left bracket ([) to decrease the brush tip size.

Magic Wand tool

This tool help select a regular color area, for example, a yellow polo or black jersey without having to trace its outline. You ca regulate the selected color range, or tolerance, in comparison to the color you tick.


You cannot use the Magic Wand tool on an image in Bitmap mode or on 32‑bits-per-channel images.


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