Some Other Free Deke: Select and Mask Workspace in Photoshop

Hey, my fellow dekeItarians. We're having some glitches with Deke's Techniques this week, and the free episode may not make it up until tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to suggest another bit of freeDeke that's available over at There are a couple of unlocked movies on the new Select and Mask "taskspace" in Photoshop CC 2015.5.

(Which is sillier, taskspace as a phrase or calling something 2015.5 in the middle of 2016? But I digress.)

Anyway, this new "space that takes over Photoshop proper) has some cool features for refining your selections and masks. You needn't be a member to watch the first two movies. Click on the image, or one of the many other redundant links in this post).

The new Select and Mask workspace in Photoshop CC 2015.5

If you'd like to watch more of the updates course, and you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial at

I'll be back as soon as I can with this week's free Deke's Techniques episode! Thanks for your patience, dekeDiehards.


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Quick Selection Tool not Working

Hey Deke, sorry to bug you here but didn't know how else to ask this question.

I'm working in your Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One fundamentals course, and I'm on chapter 9, part 3 where we are introduced to the quick selection tool.

My tool has been set as high as 100 pixels and as low as 25, and still, as soon as I start painting it either jumps up and starts catching the sky, or it goes lower and only outlines midway up the mountain edges.

I've tried copying exactly what you're doing. I'm running the most up-to-date CC photoshop as I pay for the subscription, so some of my options are different than the version you had in this filming.

Any advice is appreciated!

PS: I also want to say that I love your classes. You seem to take care and ensure people get the most out of the course and nurture their skills to become great artists such as yourself. Your knowledge is quite clearly profound, even to a newcomer like myself with no prior experience in editing, Photoshop or Photography. But you keep it simple for newcomers, and generally just seem to have a great outlook. Anyway, you're successful and legendary in your Photoshop knowledge and teachings, but I am so grateful for your courses and the effort you put in that I still wanted to let you know and offer my thanks, even as a Plebe.

Thanks again Deke!

Watch Which Layer You Have Selected...

Silly me, had the Mars layer selected even though it was hidden. Realized this when it outlined a circle where Mars is on my screen. Couldn't figure out how it was finding that when it was hidden... now I know!

Hope this helps someone else. Cheers!