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Quickly select an object or area in an image

The Quick Selection tool lets you easily select individual elements or entire objects in an image by simply drawing over them. A clever selection algorithm analyzes the colors and textures of the objects in images to detect their edges and make precise selections.


  1. Choose the Quick Selection tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar or choose it from the grouped tools.
    • Choose Tools > Quick Selection (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the Q key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the options for the Quick Selection tool:

    • Brush Size: Change the size of the selection brush — the larger the brush, the larger the area will be selected.
    • Sample All Layers: Select to make the Quick Selection tool make selections based not just on the active layer, but your entire visible image.
    • Live Tracking: Select to show a preview of the initial selection before you make it.
  3. Draw over an area or an object you'd like to select.

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