Using The Quick Selection Tool – Free Photoshop Tips

September 7, 2011 Photoshop, Tutorials Comment

First you need to load your image by dragging it into Photoshop. Learning to use the selection tool is one of the most basic things you need to learn how to do if you want to be a good Photoshopper. Now, go to the left of the screen and click on the Quick Selection tool. It looks like a little wand. BTW,  I am using Photoshop CS4.

Make sure your selection tool is the right type of brush and hardness is set to %100. I am going to select the gravy cup and once it’s selected you can do with it whatever you like. Change the color, replace it, etc. Now, make sure your quick selection circle is smaller than the gravy cup. Click once and it should grab a good portion of the white cup.

Notice in my picture the cup wasn’t properly selected. It selected some of the peas. The quick selection isn’t perfect, but it does grab a portion of the gravy cup without much work. All you have to do now is, use the polygonal lasso tool and subtract the peas from the the selection. Subtract selection is up by the ‘anti-alias’ tool on the top bar. Now slowly click around the peas to deselect them from your gravy cup. Once you finish deselecting the peas, finish quick selecting the rest of the cup. If it grabs the gravy inside the cup, you’ll need to repeat deselecting it with the lasso tool.


Now that you have the entire cup selected, use the refine selection tool to polish up the edges so it doesn’t look sloppy. Now you can do whatever you like with the cup.

Written by Jake