Photoshop: Mask and Select function is totally unworkable.

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I don't even no where to start in describing the problems I'm having with "Mask and Select" which appeared without warning and replaced "Refine Edge". It will not refine any edges and none of it's functions or tools work properly. It's a complete disaster as I'm no longer able to refine edges in any quick and easy manner. Please restore the older "Refine Image" tool or redesign a tool that works without the numerous bugs I have found which render it useless.

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Michael Castellano

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John Maguire

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Mike, I'm gathering you've tried all of the temporary fixes. I hope adobe is listening and fixes or gets rid of this nightmare of a tool. I've gotten it  work to a point but still go back to the refine edge tool in previous version.
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Michael Castellano

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I've managed to get it to "work" a bit, but it cannot do what I was able to accomplish in refine edge, which was easier and simpler to use, and did not take a rocket scientist to decipher. One wonders how they managed to get this by who's ever in charge of new releases. It's still pretty awful and buggy. Should have had a lot more development work and debugging before being sprung on people. What's the old expression, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."
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John Maguire

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I agree. It's something that shouldn't have been messed with. They should have left refine edge as a legacy feature. When I use it, my memory use for PS jumps into the gigabyte range. the old Refine edge never changes memory usage
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John Maguire

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Hey guys, Refine edge is still in 2015.5,2015.5.1 and the new 2017. Just use the select tool, than go to select menu, hold shift and hit "Select and mask." Old refine edge dialogue is still there and working!!!!!!!!
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John Maguire

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Hey guys, Refine edge is still in 2015.5,2015.5.1 and the new 2017. Just use the select tool, than go to select menu, hold shift and hit "Select and mask." Old refine edge dialogue is still there and working!!!!!!!!