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New "Object Selection" Tool Coming to Photoshop

Published: 05/11/2019
By: Brandon

Whether you shoot real estate or architectural/interior design, if you do your own editing in Photoshop, then you know there is no way to overstate the importance of making proper and accurate selections within the editing process. While some selection tools are always effective (i.e., pen-tool and polygonal lasso tool), using others like the quick selection tool often spirals into an exercise in frustration.

I recently ran across the announcement for Photoshop's new "Object selection" tool, which uses machine learning algorithms to make what this video calls "intuitive"selections. Regardless of the hype, as with all selection tools, determining this new tool's utility will depend on how quickly and effectively it can refine edges. Most any selection tool can do a great job with high-contrast edges. That said, it'll be really interesting to see what this new Adobe feature can do!


6 comments on “New "Object Selection" Tool Coming to Photoshop”

  1. I went out and tried the new tool. It's decent, not perfect. It tends to select about 1-2 pixels shy of the actual border, so I had to select, expand each time. It also was only about 80-95% correct in selecting the objects. So touch up is still very much needed. All in all, I would say this does appear to be a new useful feature.

  2. I tried it out yesterday on several images of the exteriors of homes. In none of the tests did it produce a usable selection. I guess if you have a house with no surrounding trees or shrubbery and a clear view to the horizon it would probably work fine. For creating selections for sky replacement, in most instances, this tool will probably not be much help.

  3. @john - I'm not sure that is what this tool is for. It seems to be geared towards pulling small to mid-sized objects from an image, not for separating the foreground from the background. I think I would stick to using layer blending options and masks for sky replacement and skip any of the selection tools.

  4. @Neal, I couldn't agree more, but if I remember correctly (I could be wrong), there were some previous discussions about how this tool might make selecting houses for sky replacement easier.

  5. I use the quick select tool all of the time and the add or subtract with the polygonal lasso tool what it gets wrong.

    My guess is that this is just a new version that uses a new algorithm to determine what is and is not selected. I doubt it will be much more accurate for what we do than the quick select tool.

    My guess is that it’s designed to better pull out objects from blurry backgrounds that other types of photogs love to do with fast lenses. Then it’s ready to punch into a white background layer or a clear png layer so it’s ready go on the web.

    Product photogs likely will get good use out of it. There will be less busy “stuff” to confuse it’s computer brain.

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