Select and Mask tool still a disaster in Photoshop CC 2017

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I just updated to Photoshop CC 2017 with hopes that the Select and Mask tool would be updated to reflect the accuracy and performance of the refine edge tool that we all loved and now miss. I cannot, for the life of me, make a clean selection using Select and Mask. Whereas, with the refine edge tool, that was several versions ago, my masks were perfect. This has truly messed with my workflow. If anyone has another masking plugin or tool that they use that creates results like the refine edge tools did... please let me know! I'm ready to get my workflow back and am over wasting hours fixing what the Select and Mask tool does so poorly. 
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Michael Carter

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Jerry Syder

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I am in the same boat as you. I so wanted to love the new Select and Mask tool as it automatically selects(sometimes) a good selection of what it thinks we want to keep. However, it is extremely slow, glitchy and unreliable. Which in turn, like you, I spend ages trying to get a proper selection subsequently. It didn't take me long before I gave up/ lost faith in it and switched back to the ever so reliable Topaz Remask. It is a plugin which you'd have to buy I'm afraid but it's the best masking tool I've used and miles ahead of any mask capabilities within Photoshop.
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Same same... Especially when I try to use the edge defining brush... it doesn't help at all... it just adds mangled noise to an otherwise pretty-ok selection.
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Tanja Schulte

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same here.. there are a dozend of threads already. but adobe employees don ́t bother to even answer.

"with subscription user will get better and faster support" all a bit fat lie.....

we pay anyway... so why bother fixing bugs. the dumb cash cows will learn to live with it.

that seems to be the motto at adobe these days.