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For years, Photoshop users have been using Quick Selection, Magic Wand, and Select Subject tools to isolate subjects. They work well in most situations, but they’re not perfect. Thankfully, in late 2019, Adobe released the Object Selection tool to make selecting elements easier for you.
In this article, we’ll show you how to use the Object Selection Tool in Photoshop for a smoother workflow!
What is the Object Selection Tool?
As the name suggests, the Object Selection Tool in Photoshop allows you to select objects in a photo automatically. Objects could be anything from furniture to people and animals. It uses artificial intelligence to precisely choose the elements you pick.
Why is the Object Selection Tool Useful?
The Object Selection tool helps to isolate an area from the rest of the image easily. For example, you could use the tool to transplant your subject to a different background.
Or you could also use the tool to make separate edits to the main subject or the background.
How Do You Use the Object Selection Tool in Photoshop?
The Object Selection Tool does everything automatically and is easy to use! Here are all the steps for using this feature in Photoshop.
Step 1: Select the Object Selection Tool
Select the Object Selection Tool in Photoshop, which is below the Lasso Tool icon. Then, in the Options bar (the horizontal bar right under the menu bar), look for Mode and select either Lasso or Rectangle.
Step 2: Choose the Selection Method
If you’re selecting an object with a basic shape, we recommend the rectangle. But if you want to isolate a more asymmetrical element, it’s best to use the Lasso.
Once you finish selecting your Mode, you have to choose the region you plan to isolate in the image.
Step 3: Draw Around Your Selection.
If you chose Rectangle, click and drag your mouse across the screen until the object you want to select is inside your set parameters. If you picked Lasso, “draw” around the area you want to isolate.
Once you’re satisfied with the parameters you set for the Object Select tool, release your mouse’s left-click. Photoshop then starts to process your selection.
Depending on the area you want to isolate, the Object Select Tool may take a couple of seconds to process the image. The selection is ready once the marching ants appear around the object you selected.
How to Add or Subtract Areas Using The Object Tool Selection
There are times Object Selection Tool fails to determine the edges of the item you want to isolate. In most cases, it’s due to the lack of contrast between the subject and the background. But it could also be because the edges are barely visible in the first place.
Step 1: Add a Selection
If you end up with an incomplete selection, you can go to the Options bar and pick the icon with two solid squares to add an area to your selection. Alternatively, you can press the Shift key and redraw the parameters around the section using your mouse.
Step 2: Subtract From Selection
And what if you want to exclude an area from your selection? Then click the icon with grey and white squares. Alternatively, you can press the Alt key and draw around the section you want to remove.
Keep in mind that it may take a few attempts before you fix your selection using this method. So keep selecting the area you want to include or exclude until the marching ants are in the area you want them to appear.
How to Add or Subtract Areas Using the Pen Tool
Using the Add To or Subtract From features of the Object Selection Tool is beneficial. But there will still be times when you won’t achieve a precise selection even with their help. If that’s the case, you can use the Pen Tool instead.
Step 1: Select The Pen Tool
To start adding to or subtracting from your selection, you’ll need to click the Pen Tool first. You can then begin adding points, tracing the edges of the object you want to isolate.
Step 2: Use the Selection Option to Add or Subtract
Once you complete your selection, go to the Options bar and choose Selection. Once a dialogue box appears, click either Add to Selection or Subtract from Selection.
Step 3: Adjust the Feather Radius
At the top of the Dialogue Box, you also have the option to change your Feather Radius. 0 produces the sharpest selection. But if the area you want to isolate has blurry edges, feel free to change this value. Keep in mind that the higher number you choose, the blurrier the edges.
How to Refine Your Selection
Once you make a selection using the Object Selection Tool in Photoshop, you can refine it with the Select and Mask Feature.
Step 1: Select and Mask Your Selection
Go to the Options Bar and click Select and Mask. A dialogue box then appears with a few tools you can adjust to refine your selection.
Step 2: Adjust Transparency
Go to the Properties section on the right side of the dialogue box. Increase the Transparency so you can better see your selection.
Step 3: Adjust Edge Detection
Go to Edge Detection and change the value to make the radius of your edge larger or smaller. You can also check Smart Radius if you want Photoshop to do this task automatically.
Step 4: Adjust Global Refinements
You can use Global Refinements to adjust the quality of your selection. Tweaking Smooth, Feather, Contrast, and Shift Edge sliders will help you achieve a clean selection.
Step 5: Use Brush, Refine Edge Brush, or Quick Selection Tools
At the left of your screen, you can click the Brush, Refine Edge Brush, or Quick Selection tool to add to or subtract areas from your selection. You can apply any of these options as an alternative to the Pen tool, especially if you find the latter difficult to use.
Once you are satisfied with your adjustments, click Okay, and you finally have a precise selection!
The Object Selection tool in Photoshop is one of the most accessible options for quick selections. But, although it does a great job isolating a subject, it’s not perfect. So don’t forget to use the techniques we mentioned to help you cut out elements in your photo like a pro.
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- Step 1: Draw an initial selection around the object. Start by drawing your initial selection. ...
- Step 2: Look for problems with the selection. ...
- Step 3: Hold Shift and drag to add to the selection. ...
- Step 4: Hold Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) and drag to subtract from the selection.
But thanks to a new option in Photoshop 2022 called Object Finder, the Object Selection Tool can now automatically find objects in your image all on its own. You can then highlight an object by hovering your mouse cursor over it, and click on the object to instantly select it.
To transform a selection, much like you would a layer, create a selection then go to the Select menu and choose Transform Selection. A bounding box will appear around the selection that will allow you to click-and-drag on the corner handles to scale and rotate it.
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Open a photo in Photoshop. Click the Quick Selection tool in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. It's the fourth option from the top, and looks like a paint brush making a dotted line. If you instead see a magic wand icon, right-click it and then select "Quick Selection Tool."
The new Object Selection Tool can be found in the Select and Mask dialog. Go to the Select menu, choose Select and Mask, and you'll find Object Selection in the toolbar on the left. There are two different options for tracing around a subject or object; Rectangle and Lasso.
- Basic Marquee. The marquee tool is the basic tool that allows you to select all or part of objects. ...
- Lasso Tools. ...
- Magic Wand. ...
- Other Selection Tips. ...
- Feathering a Selection. ...
- Inverse Selection. ...
- Eraser Tool. ...
- Open both of your images in Photoshop. ...
- Click on the Quick Selection tool in the tool bar, as highlighted below.
- Using the Quick Selection tool, click and drag over the area of the first image that you want to move into the second image.
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The Object Selection tool was first introduced in Photoshop CC 2020 (November 2019). It simplifies the way you can select an object or even part of an object in an image. Photoshop already has a Subject Selection tool, but it is intended to select all subjects in the image.
To select more than one object at a time, simply press Ctrl (Mac: Command) on the corresponding layer in the Layers Panel. If you perform an action, it will affect all of the objects you've selected. For example, you can press Ctrl G (Mac: Command G) to group all the objects you've selected.
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Adobe Photoshop also offers a number of selection tools: Quick Mask, Rectangular marquee, Elliptical marquee, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Magic Wand.
Use the Shape Selection tool to select shapes: To select the shape, click it. To move the shape, drag it to a new location.
With the Smart Object layer selected, click on Layer > Smart Objects > Edit Contents in the drop-down menu. This will open a new window in Photoshop displaying the contents of the smart object. You can also just double-click on the Smart Object's layer thumbnail to open the Smart Object and edit the contents.