We shall examine how Object Selection differs from Select topic in this tutorial. Then, we’ll compare the two tools, and I’ll offer some advice and a process to help you get the greatest outcomes. See the video for additional information.


For either of the tools, you will want to choose the Object Selection Tool first.

Select Cloud from the drop-down menu at the top. This will almost always produce superior results to Device. (You can permanently modify it in preferences

Click on Select Subject and a Marching Ants selection will appear around the main subject(s).

In this case it selected the three woman.

Ctrl/Cmd+D to deselect.

Let’s try the Object finder. With the Object Selection tool still active, make sure Object Finder is on

As you roll lover selectable objects in the photo, they will appear highlighted.

To select them, click and the selection will be created.

The ability to pick out individual objects and isolate them is the key distinction between Select Subject and this feature. The quality of the selection in the past was worse than that of the Select subject. You’ll see that this isn’t still the case.


Another function of the Object selection, is the ability to tell Photoshop what objects you want to select, these can be large or tiny, simple or complex.

Turn off Object Finder and use rectangle mode.

Draw a box around the object to select.

Around the thing, the artificial intelligence will choose wisely.


Make a box around part of an object, the box doesn’t even have to be accurate, just good enough to tell Photoshop what you want to select.

The selection will be made.

Holding down the Shift key while drawing a box around another object will add it to your selection.

For odd shaped selections, choose the Lasso mode.

While holding down Shift, choose something.

Notice it added to the selection nicely. We need to remove the empty area inside the shape.

To remove from the selection, keep holding down Alt or Option.

To remove the center, drag inside the shape.

And the ai does it’s thing.

You can see the appearance of the selection if I apply a layer mask. For not making any changes, not terrible.

Now comes the crucial period. Let’s contrast the two AI-powered selection tools’ selection quality.

Select subject and a subject with a lot of hair will be our first choices. Yes, the backdrop is straightforward, but the goal here is to evaluate the edges of the two tools rather than engage in a challenging selection task.

This is your choice. In this test, I won’t make any adjustments or changes beyond a single click. I’ll demonstrate how to polish the edges at the conclusion of the tutorial.

Lets click the layer mask button to mask this Select subject.

Onto Object finder.

Make sure Object Finder is on.

Click to select

This also has a mask on it. Now arrange the two choices side by side so you can compare them. On the left, we have Object Finder, and on the right, we have Select Subject.

We’ll examine several background colors. The fact that this tool is now useable and the selection isn’t poor at all is what first caught my attention. It’s not ideal, but keep in mind that we haven’t tested it yet, and any selecting tools only serve as a starting point.

closer up, you can see things like the eyelash.

Here it is on white

the Object finder (on the left) appears to do a better job with the minute details on the hair on black, I also note.

Here is an alternative choice. Select subject is doing better now that the skater’s back has smooth details, but part of the board is still missing (all of these are simple changes).


Lets look at some of the settings

You can display all chosen objects at once by clicking this symbol.

Each of the highlighted areas can be clicked on to automatically load the selections.

To view the settings, click the gear (all setting is discussed in the movie).

The option to modify how the overlay is shown is the most important one.

Refresh comes in handy while compositing. Photoshop will continuously evaluate and update the overlays as you edit the image. The analysis will come to a stop if Manual Refresh is selected. When you are ready, click the rounded arrow to manually update (refresh).

Regardless of the tool you choose, you will still need to narrow down your choices for production-level options. Here, I’ll quickly run through the key steps. I’ve written numerous lessons at the CAFE that demonstrate how to sharpen the edges of selections, and they are all still relevant today. The ai tools increase the number of tools available for making quick decisions, but they do not entirely replace the other tools, which can frequently still produce better outcomes with a little more work.

5 techniques for repairing selection edges in Photoshop

Make the selection with Object Finder (or any selection tool).

Click on Select and Mask

We are now at the workspace for select and mask. (Perhaps I should explain all the choices and provide a more thorough tutorial for this program at some point?)

Here are the main settings.

Transparency should first be set to 100% so that you can see your work clearly.

If you have hard edges that are a little uneven, try these settings.

Radius to 1px.

Tiny amount of feather and contrast. Only use smooth if there are objections jaggies, using smooth makes it almost impossible to get good hair edges, but you could work in 2 passes. Beyond the scope of this tutorial.

His jacket it looking really good, but the hair on his temples are semi-transparent.

grab the refine brush from the left panel.

paint over the hair edges

This is a fantastic tool for glass, smoke, hair, and fur.

To get rid of edge haloing, select decontaminating colors.

The best way to output is New Layer with Layer mask.

Then came the final cut. These are effective Photoshop tools for removing the background from a picture.

I sincerely hope this tutorial was helpful. Watch a new video every week and peruse the many tutorials available at the CAFE (at the very least, bookmark this page; PhotoshopCAFE will be a useful resource for you, just as it is for millions of other users).


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