Photoshop: A selection made with the quick selection tool is always feathered, why, and how turn it off?

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A selection made with the quick selection tool is always feathered, why, and how turn it off?
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Patrick Dumont

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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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»A selection made with the quick selection tool is always feathered«
That statement would appear to be not wholly correct, a Selection of completely sharp objects with the Quick Selection Tool can be sharp, too – pointed angles may be a problem, though.
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I'm adding two images; first one a selection made with the quick selection tool, second one selection made with magic wand. The selection with the magic wand is quite sharp, but the one with the quick selection tool clearly isn't...
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You could use (Refine Edge...) and Adjust Edge and tweak the Contrast.
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hi,
your shown image does not show the effect of feathering ,you should use the refine edge option for best result.
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Dan Smith

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Maybe feathered is the wrong term, but at least in photoshop elements the selections made with the Quick Selection Tool are always Anti-aliased.

You can very clearly see this by making a selection of something in a photo using the quick selection tool, layer via copy, turn off the visibilty of all the other layers, then zoom in and look at the edges of the document.

Usually you want anti-aliased edges for those kind of selections anyway, but in my short time with the trial version of cs5, even putting the contrast setting all the way
to 100% doesn't remove all of the anti-alias most of the time.
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hello Dan,

I understood your problem, it is as designed.But you can get the useful result by decreasing the shift edges to -20% and increasing contrast from the refine edge dialog box .I have done in one image and it did well.
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Dan Smith

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Thanks for the tips.
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Neeraj, Employee

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You are most welcome..:-)
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I am having the same problem, my quick selections look like complete garbage. I don't ever remember this happening on CS4. It has totally destroyed my ability to use the quick select tool on 90% of my work. good job adobe.
I would love to hear if anyone has found a fix for this that does not include the extra steps of going into the refine edge.