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“Amazing” New Photoshop ‘Select Subject’ Feature Now Available

Knowing how to make a good selection is one of the most important things you can learn to do in Photoshop. With accurate selections and masks, you can completely control the placement and movement of all the elements of your image, or copy an object from one photo to another.

But making good selections and masks can also be one of the most time-consuming processes in Photoshop. And we take for granted what our eyes can easily see, yet a program cannot recognize without our involvement. But check out this sneak peek video of a new feature in Photoshop CC that will give you a head start in this regard:

Adobe developed this new Select Subject command to help you get started with your selections faster and easier than ever before. It uses a promising new technology called Adobe Sensei. What does that mean exactly? As part of the just-launched CC 2018 release, Adobe Sensei is all about embedding powerful machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities across the entire suite of Creative Cloud tools and services, to make them work harder and smarter.

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In the demo above, Sensei uses (anonymous) image matching from millions of photos to understand their composition and meaning, and then applies this collective knowledge to your work with one click. This helps free you from mundane tasks and uses the crowd-sourced intelligence to achieve the outcome you want more quickly.

And as with Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill, the result seems like magic and is a capability that will only get better going forward.

The new Select Subject feature is designed to simplify workflows for Creative Cloud members, and it is available now in Photoshop CC 2018. Here is how it works, from Adobe’s new help page:

The Select Subject command lets you select the most prominent subject in a photo in a single click. Powered by advanced machine learning technology, Select Subject is trained to identify a variety of objects in an image—people, animals, vehicles, toys, and more.

Access Select Subject in one of the following ways in Photoshop:

  • While editing an image, choose Select > Subject.
  • While using the Quick Selection or Magic Wand tools, click Select Subject in the options bar.
  • While using the Quick Selection tool in the Select & Mask workspace, click Select Subject in the options bar.

Select Subject automatically selects the prominent subjects in the image. You can then refine the selection using other selection tools

If you want to get started today, then you can grab the latest versions of both Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC for US$9.99 a month with the Creative Cloud Photo­graphy plan. All ongoing product upgrades are included, so all current Photoshop subscribers will automatically receive it. You can instantly download the free CC trial versions here:


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  1. Leighton

    Yep, that’s a wow. Very cool and will save me a lot of time.

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