An Introduction to the Basic Selection Tools in Photoshop
There are many kinds of selection tools in Photoshop and all of these, in their varied forms are the main tools used in as much as 90% of your tasks. These tools are integral in the basic workflow – the better you become at selections, the better you are at Photoshop, and vice versa.
Though selections are important, you need to understand that it doesn’t have to be strict– the area to be selected doesn’t have to be rigid, it can be partial too. It is possible to make selections wherein some pixels are 100% selected and others are 100% unselected, however if you are looking for smooth blending when it comes to effects, then you will need selection gradients which allows you to select or unselect partially. “Anti-aliasing" is a term used for smoothing out the rough edges in photo editing.
With newer versions of Photoshop, you can now use feathering wherein the software immediately creates a border around your selection wherein some of the pixels are partially selected. The higher your feather edge, the softer your selections will be. If you are making photo montages, or when you are retouching images, this technique is very important.
In this series of articles, aside from the basic selection tools in Photoshop, we will also look into the anti-aliasing and feathering features and how you can use them to create professional results!