Select and Mask vs. Refine Edge – Photoshop CC

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Select and Mask vs. Refine Edge – Photoshop CC

This video is less of a tutorial and more of a demonstration of the poor performance on the newly introduced Select & Mask in Photoshop CC. Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid initially demonstrates the shortcomings of this new tool with two different images. On each occasion the tool fails to accurately detect edges and create a clean selection. Even the quick selection tool alone produces far better results than the Select & Mask tools.

In the end Nathaniel recommends downloading earlier versions of Photoshop which still have the Refine Edge command, seemingly missing from newest versions of Photoshop, and goes on to show how much more effective previous selection tools were compared to Select & Mask.

But hey! as with anything new, there will no doubt be improvements. Hopefully Adobe have big plans for Select & Mask in the future.

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Select and Mask vs. Refine Edge – Photoshop CC

4 thoughts on “Select and Mask vs. Refine Edge – Photoshop CC

  1. Refine Edge is still there in the current version.
    Hold down the Shift Key and go to the Menu Bar and go Select > Select & Mask and the Refine Edge appears.

  2. Another thing that people don’t realize is that the Refine Edge Brush Tool in Select and Mast is intelligent. If it doesn’t work correctly at first you can brush over the area again.

  3. The performance is terrible. I have an i7 w/ 16GB RAM which while not the most powerful workstation out there, should be more than good enough to handle this tool – however the poor optimisation of the Select & Mask workspace manages to bring the computer to its knees. I still find CC 2014 a more stable experience for any kind of photo-editing work.

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