Photoshop’s Select Subject tool uses artificial intelligence to make automatic selections for a variety of tasks. It enables you to remove people and objects from the background, makes it easy to isolate key subjects, and works great in complex scenes as well.
Photo-retouching expert Nino Batista says this powerful tool is far more useful to many photographers than most for common editing tasks, and it deserves a place in your daily workflow. Batista is more known for helpful “quick tips” than for dramatically enhancing a photo, and this episode is a perfect example.
Batista explains in barely five minutes how Photoshop’s Select Subject works, while demonstrating some ways to employ this often-overlooked tool. As you progress, you’ll quickly understand why he says, “I definitely recommend using this tool” as you process your photos.
Batista’s performance image is that of a model wearing a seductive bikini on the beach. He exposed for his subject and is pleased with the brightness and color toning he achieved. The background also looks great, but you’ll see how he quickly uses the Select Subject tool to fine-tune the balance between the background and his model without the time-consuming complexity of manually masking it. Is.
Batista provides essential keyboard shortcuts, explains how to select a model, and notes that the automated process usually works pretty well—as long as you don’t make “radical” changes to the theme or background. If you ignore this last point, AI-based tools will show some weakness.
So follow along and learn how easy it is to take advantage of the power of the Select Subject tool, and then add it to your Photoshop bag of tricks.
You can find more quick image-editing tips by visiting Batista’s YouTube channel. And don’t miss another handy Processing tutorial we posted a long time ago, explaining how to fix dull skies in Photoshop for more dramatic landscape photos.