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The Power of Photoshop’s Refine Edge Tool

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A terrific article by Hanniel Evan Yucoco on how to make a clean and decent selection on tricky photographs that involve super fine hair, fur, leaves, and any fibre like elements.

When using the standard selection tool or the masking process, you may able to accurately select smooth edges.

We may use the colour range tool and the tweaking of levels and channels to select much difficult areas but that would also take too much time on manipulation and very complicated to follow.

The good news is that, PS5 or Photoshop CS5 has a tool called the QUICK SELECTION tool. 

This tool also includes a very powerful sub tool called the REFINE EDGES tool, using the refine edges tool will greatly help and speed up editing tasks especially when you need to select out the hair or fur on subjects.

Fur further information see
http://www.testking.com/techking/tutorials/the-power-of-photoshop%E2%80%99s-refine-edge-tool/

Geoff Harris

I am a photography journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill, Steve McCurry and the late Mary Ellen Mark. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time.

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