Because so much of what we do in Photoshop is dependent on selections Photoshop CS3 introduces us to a new tool called refined edge and with this button we can use any selection tool to make a selection in our document and then click the button to open up this interface. Let me move this over a little bit and click refine edge. As you see here you're presented with a preview of your image on one of several backgrounds. First of all let me put the preview button on. We can see our selection on the default background that we have in our document. We can see it as a quick mask. We can see it on a black background which is what I use most of them time. A white background and as a mask. We could also use this to uh as I showed you in another lesson create a feather effects. So watch this I can go ahead and increase the feathering effect and then go back to a black background to really see how that's coming together. So that's really the reason I use black so much. But you can also do that on a white background, it's up to you. So once again you can feather here much more precisely then you can in the other lesson. But you know what I want to show you the old way, I want to show you the new way, because I still like to use the old way when I do my feathering on some instances. So let's talk about some of these other settings up here and by the way the cool thing is the description box down here let's you know what these things will do and that's something that is common in much of Photoshop these days because we can find out what the buttons do by simply hovering our mouse over an option. So if we want to increase the radius we can improve the edge in the area with soft transitions as you see down there. So we can move the slider, left or right, and then keep an eye in your preview to see what's happening with the radius. So you're gonna grab more detail or your gonna grab less detail, likewise what you can do what the contrast is you can make the edges nice and crisp or alittle blurrier. So as you see here I have the contrast all the way up and it's getting me very, very harsh outlines. As opposed to the softer outlines going all the way to the left. The smooth, the feather and the contract and expand options are old stand bys in, let me go ahead and cancel this first of all, in the old select menu. Select, modify, we have smooth, expand, contract and feather and they all live in refined edge now. So we can smooth and what we can do is get rid of some of the jagged edges. We can feather as I showed you already and let me go to a black background and I can expand and I can also contract my selection. Let me go to the original here so you can see this more clearly. When I contract the border of the selection comes into the pixel area of your image as opposed to when I go to expand the border will go more outwards so you can use this to really modify your pixels. Let me put preview back on so you can see that. So here's expand, notice that it move out, and here's contract, when it moves in. So use the refine edge dialog box when you want to have a lot more control over your selections in Photoshop CS3.
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