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088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop

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Video: 088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop

Hey gang! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques! Now, I know this is a terribly busy time of year--all the holiday shopping, you've got tons of errands to run. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time masking this hummingbird. You don't want to have to figure out which of the ten thousand different masking techniques is going to work; you just want to muscle your way through it and get the job done so that you can create this impeccable composition here. Now I know it looks like it has a little bit of edge fringing going on. That's some sharpening, some auto- sharpening that the printer added.

088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop

Hey gang! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques! Now, I know this is a terribly busy time of year--all the holiday shopping, you've got tons of errands to run. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time masking this hummingbird. You don't want to have to figure out which of the ten thousand different masking techniques is going to work; you just want to muscle your way through it and get the job done so that you can create this impeccable composition here. Now I know it looks like it has a little bit of edge fringing going on. That's some sharpening, some auto- sharpening that the printer added.

It actually looks totally great. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right, let me show you the blunt approach to masking. We want to take this hummingbird in flight and we want to mask it against this completely different background. We've got an altogether different color scheme. We want to maintain the softness in the tail feathers, as well as the tips of the wing, and we managed to do so, by the way, entirely using masking. There's no special compositing going on. It's just a layer mask--that's it.

Now when I see an image like this, especially one where things are pretty clean--in another words, we have what appears to be a fairly homogeneously colored background--I might go up to the Select menu and choose the Color Range command. And if you know a thing or two about this command, it's essentially a better version of the magic wands. So you click and Shift+Click and so forth to define key colors in the selection. Everything that's turning white inside the dialog box preview will be selected when we click okay. Problem is, once I start Shift+ Clicking and dragging--by the way, you can Shift+Drag over a range of colors using this command--once I start doing that, I'm selecting colors inside the bird as well, because Color Range is set up to select adjacent and non-adjacent colors alike.

Also what you might do is reduce the Fuzziness value, but then you're going to bring back colors in the background, and you're going have to Shift+Click some more. And all the while notice that I'm still selecting a lot of stuff inside the bird, so this approach is just not going to work. What I need is a more blunt instrument, frankly, and the blunt instruments that I'm going to use to solve this problem are the Quick Selection tool and the Magic Wand tools. Believe it or not--and I say believe it or not because neither these tools is much of a performer; they both give you some pretty rotten edges, as we're about to see--we will start with the Quick Selection tool.

Go ahead and turn on auto-enhance up here in the options bar, and then I'm in going to drag over the wing. Things seem to be working pretty well so far; in fact, I'll go ahead and drag over this portion of the wing as well. As soon as I start coming down on the other side of the wing though, you can see that I end up selecting that entire wing, and that is the Quick Selection tool for you. It's a pretty amazing tool in that it just goes in and reads edges inside of an image automatically; unfortunately, there are no mitigating options up here in the options bar, so you just have to sort of accept what you get.

Anyway, I'm going to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, to undo that change. I'm going to see if I can click right about there to select just a little more. Also notice if I start trying around the head into the beak, I select into the head--that's no good--and if I go around on the other side of the beak, well, then I lose the beak. All right, so I'm going to press Ctrl+ Alt+Z, Command+Option+Z a couple of times in order to get back to this selection right there. And what we're going to do is build the selection bit by bit as a layer mask. So with this hummingbird layer selected, I'll drop down to the add layer mask icon down here at the bottom of Layers panel and I'll Alt+Click or Option+Click on it.

And that goes ahead and masks away that selected region. All right, let's see what we can do with the Magic Wand tool now. I'm going to start things off with the default settings, which are a Tolerance value of 32. Anti-alias for purposes actually doesn't at all matter. We definitely want contiguous turned on and you want Sample All Layers turned off; otherwise the tool is going to see into the clouds in the background. And then I'm going to click above the bird's head like so, and we end up selecting this huge range of pixels. This is great. And I have not selected into the wing.

That's the main thing I want to avoid at this point. There's this kind of ratty area over here. I might Shift+Click inside of it to see if I can select it as well, and I did, so that's great. I'll try Shift+Clicking down here in the lower-left corner, and that worked out beautifully. We're still not selecting into the wings, so that's good. All right, with the layer mask selected, let's go ahead and fill the selected region with black. Black is my background color, as I can see here at the bottom of the toolbox, so I'll press Control+Backspace, or Command+Delete on the Mac, in order to mask away that region.

All right, now I'm going to press Ctrl+D, or Command+D on the Mac in order to deselect the image. And the advantage of working this way is I can now experiment with clicking in this dangerous wing area without the Magic Wand tool having any other portion of the image selected. In other words, we're not worried about those other colors that were selected and having Photoshop factor them into the adjacent colors that get selected with this next click. All right, so I'll try clicking here and obviously, total disaster. So I'll press Ctrl+D, Command+D on a Mac, to deselect the image.

Then I'm going to change that Tolerance value to 10, let's say, and I'll try again. Click, Shift+Click around here, see what I end up getting, and that actually worked out pretty nicely, with the exception of this area right here, which I'm not sure I dare select. Let me try Shift+Clicking in it. Actually that worked, so beautiful. This is awesome. I'll go ahead and mask away that region by pressing Ctrl+Backspace, or Command+Delete on the Mac. I'll press Ctrl+D or Command+D the Mac to deselect the image. Let's check out how the mask is faring. I'll Alt+Click or Option+Click on that layer mask thumbnail in order to view the mask by itself, and we have some obvious problems right there.

I'm going to get rid of those using the standard lasso tool. So I'll just go ahead and drag around this region like so, press Ctrl+Backspace or Command+Delete on the Mac to fill with it black. And now let's go ahead and zoom in on some of these gnarly details here. Let's paint some of that mess away using the brush tool. So I'll go ahead and grab the brush tool, and I'll press X key in order to make my foreground color black. I'll reduce the size of the cursor a little bit by pressing the left bracket key a few times, right-click inside the image window, and let's crank the Hardness value up to 100%, so we don't introduce any aberrant blurs in the mask.

All right, now I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key in a Mac, in order to hide that panel, and I'm just going to click around these areas in order to tidy them up a little bit. So notice I'm not using any sophisticated techniques here; I'm just clicking around with the brush tool. And the whole idea here is I'm just trying to make sure that my edges are essentially in place, not that they're good edges, because if you look around here, you'll see all kinds of badness. Notice this horribleness at the top of the beak. That's okay because working to solve those problems using Refine Edge, which his been made so much better inside of Photoshop CS5.

It really does a great job of cleaning up this kind of stuff, but the edges have to be in place in the first place for that command to work. All right, everything looks good, so I'm going to zoom out. And then I'm going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on that layer mask thumbnail again to return to the color composite image. You can see that we don't have the blur we are looking for in this tail feather. We also have some pretty ratty edges on the wings, and then we've got some jagged edges around the head and so forth. All right, let's see if we can solve those problems. Make sure that layer mask thumbnail selected and then go up to the Select menu and choose the Refine Mask command.

And we're going to be better off, I think, if we view this bird against the black background. And I'm going to take the Radius value up to 10 pixels, and that tells the command to look 10 pixels around my current edges and reevaluate that area and essentially smarten up those edges and fix them. Now our problem is, if we go with a blunt 10-pixel radius all the way around-- and I'll go ahead and turn on Show Radius, so you can see what that means--we're creeping into that beak, as you can see right there, and that's a real problem.

So if you turn on Smart Radius, then the Refine Mask command goes ahead and reevaluates that area and says all right, I don't need to creep into the beak; I'll leave that highlight alone. And it ends up doing a pretty terrific job. I'm going to go ahead and scroll up here inside the image, and I'll turn off the Show Radius checkbox so we can get a sense of what's going on. Things look pretty darn good. I might want to brush in some additional radius on this tail feather right there so that we get a little more blur action going. And it might help to brush up on this side and down here in these feathers as well, just a little bit.

You don't want to brush inside of his head--notice that--because that ends creating all kinds of holes in his head. And what I'm doing, by the way, as I brush, is I'm brushing in some manual radius and giving Photoshop some other areas that I want it to look at. All right, I'll press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac. You have one undo when you're working inside Refine Mask. I might try painting up here, but I don't think it's going to solve my problems very well. You can see that I ended up painting in a bunch of translucency into that wing, and I definitely don't want to do that, so I'll press Ctrl+Z, or Command+Z on the Mac. And you know what? I feel like I'm going to accept what I see here.

We do have a little bit of color fringing, but that fringing is likely to go away as soon as I click OK and we resolve the image into this natural landscape background. Okay, just a couple more fixes. As you can see, the tail feather, this area in particular, is looking really good. I'll go ahead and show you a before-and-after by the way. This is what that tail feather in particular looked like before we applied Refine Edge, and this is what it looks like now. So things are turning out pretty nicely. Now we have a little bit too much translucency down in these feathers, and you can fix that by switching to the brush tool once again, right-clicking inside the image.

Let's crank the Hardness value down to 0% this time, increase the size of the cursor a little bit by pressing the right bracket key a few times. Make sure your foreground color is white, so I just had to press the X key to make it so, and then we're going to change the mode from Normal to Overlay. Make sure that layer mask is still selected and then brush in opacity into those feathers. All right, that looks good. The last thing we need to do is take care of these torn sort of shredded-looking wings. We need a little bit of that shredding because after all, that is imparting that motion blur that's associated with these fast-moving wings on the hummingbird, but we don't want the wings to look sort of moth-shredded, if you know what I mean, like they have tears in them.

So I'm going to take care of that problem using the Smudge tool, which you can get from this flyout menu. And notice I have a pretty big cursor going. I'm just going to move these edges back and forth, reduce the size of my cursor just a little bit, move these edges back and forth as well, and we end up getting a very nice effect. So now we have what appear to be soft wings, as opposed to shredded wings, which of course is very important to the credibility of this image. All right, that takes care of it. Go ahead and press Ctrl+O or Command+O on the Mac to zoom out and that, folks, is how you take the blunt-but-obvious approach to masking, here inside Photoshop.

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  1. 15m 23s
    1. 343 Creating a 3D doughnut in Illustrator
      15m 23s
  2. 11h 51m
    1. 282 Ringing in the New Year with dynamic effects in Illustrator
      12m 59s
    2. 283 Dynamically transforming fills and strokes
      13m 41s
    3. 284 Tracing an avatar from a photograph in Photoshop
      12m 24s
    4. 285 Drawing a vector-based avatar in Illustrator
      19m 44s
    5. 286 Coloring and shading your avatar
      16m 0s
    6. 287 Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file
      10m 54s
    7. 288 Upsampling a layered composition with great results
      13m 43s
    8. 289 Rebuilding a pattern at a higher resolution
      7m 29s
    9. 290 Painting happy little trees
      13m 46s
    10. 291 Shading and lighting the happy forest
      15m 15s
    11. 292 Enlarging a low-res photograph in Photoshop
      12m 20s
    12. 293 Enlarging a photo by tracing it in Illustrator
      13m 10s
    13. 294 Mastering Exposure in Camera Raw
      11m 40s
    14. 295 Super smooth and unflinchingly sharp
      10m 46s
    15. 296 Deleting an inadvertent photo bomber
      8m 13s
    16. 297 Correcting a distorted panorama
      17m 23s
    17. 298 Rebuilding bad stitching in a panorama
      14m 53s
    18. 299 Nondestructive dodge and burn
      8m 54s
    19. 300 Blending a shadow into any background
      8m 37s
    20. 301 Saving a PNG image with a translucent shadow
      8m 45s
    21. 302 Cleaning up a smart phone photo
      11m 17s
    22. 303 Using Photoshop 1.0
      5m 45s
    23. 304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)
      26m 4s
    24. 305 Simulating hand lettering with art brushes
      20m 8s
    25. 306 Adding texture to your hand stamp
      3m 34s
    26. 307 Creating a black chop on red paper
      5m 55s
    27. 308 Auto-hiding iconic panels in Photoshop
      3m 44s
    28. 309 Creating a custom toolbox in Illustrator CC
      4m 21s
    29. 310 Creating the perfect passport photo
      20m 18s
    30. 311 Retouching your passport photo
      13m 38s
    31. 312 Turning a photo into a giant mural
      13m 11s
    32. 313 Enhancing the reality of your mural
      11m 8s
    33. 314 Creating a 3D bump map
      12m 7s
    34. 315 UV overlay and 3D bump paint
      14m 4s
    35. 316 Using Lens Flare for good (not evil)
      10m 48s
    36. 317 Using the Perspective Crop tool
      9m 29s
    37. 318 Reducing real-world camera shake
      10m 4s
    38. 319 Reducing glare in a photograph
      15m 25s
    39. 320 Restoring repeating details
      13m 43s
    40. 321 Integrating a detail captured with a phone
      9m 6s
    41. 322 Blending two exposures of a single scene
      12m 25s
    42. 323 Masking mountains away from sky
      14m 22s
    43. 324 Creating a photographic caricature in Photoshop
      10m 7s
    44. 325 Exaggerating facial features with Liquify
      12m 48s
    45. 326 Masking a caricature against a new background
      11m 20s
    46. 327 Shading and sharpening a caricature
      10m 6s
    47. 328 Drawing a Möbius strip in Illustrator
      12m 21s
    48. 329 Shading the Möbius strip with gradients
      9m 0s
    49. 330 Adding twisting edges to the Möbius strip
      8m 9s
    50. 331 Creating an impossible Penrose triangle
      10m 37s
    51. 332 Shading the cubes in your Penrose triangle
      8m 15s
    52. 333 Selectively converting a photo to black & white
      7m 53s
    53. 334 Straightening and “uncropping” a photo
      16m 17s
    54. 335 Restoring a missing photograph detail
      11m 26s
    55. 336 Drawing a hand (clenched in a fist)
      11m 44s
    56. 337 Cleaning up a sketch captured with a phone
      6m 17s
    57. 338 Four hands united in brotherhood, solidarity, and teamwork
      12m 24s
    58. 339 Swapping out colors in existing gradients in Illustrator
      4m 37s
    59. 340 Select > Focus Area and the pseudo engraving effect
      12m 26s
    60. 341 Integrating 3D art into a 2D scene in Photoshop
      13m 41s
    61. 342 Creating a 3D shark in Photoshop
      11m 16s
  3. 17h 21m
    1. 185 Creating a custom 2013 calendar in Illustrator
      11m 44s
    2. 186 Adding dates to a calendar using tables
      9m 50s
    3. 187 Branding your calendar with a field of logos
      10m 54s
    4. 188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font
      12m 6s
    5. 189 Op art experiment 1a: Inflated checkers
      10m 49s
    6. 190 Op art experiment 1b: Rounded windows
      6m 39s
    7. 191 Building a universal ISOTYPE man with strokes
      15m 6s
    8. 192 Building a universal ISOTYPE woman with strokes
      11m 7s
    9. 193 Drawing an ISOTYPE couple in love
      12m 55s
    10. 194 Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect
      14m 43s
    11. 195 Creating a series of Warhol-style variations
      10m 43s
    12. 196 Adding Warhol-style background variations
      8m 20s
    13. 197 Creating opaque colored shadows
      5m 20s
    14. 198 Assembling multiple variations into a single comp
      5m 9s
    15. 199 Creating a pattern of unique inset circles
      9m 55s
    16. 200 Changing a static blended color scheme
      7m 16s
    17. 201 Op art experiment 2a: Undulating pattern
      20m 26s
    18. 202 Op art experiment 2b: Concentric rings
      9m 43s
    19. 203 Developing a dramatic castle in Camera Raw
      13m 21s
    20. 204 Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw
      9m 38s
    21. 205 Creating an antique photo effect in Camera Raw
      7m 53s
    22. 206 Adding a weathered old-photo frame effect
      12m 0s
    23. 207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character
      16m 59s
    24. 208 Stroking an entire layer in Illustrator
      9m 21s
    25. 209 Drawing a classic snarling cartoon face
      11m 10s
    26. 210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background
      18m 29s
    27. 211 Stroking any kind of type in Illustrator
      5m 0s
    28. 212 Creating synthetic water droplets
      9m 29s
    29. 213 Simulating liquid reflections with effect
      5m 19s
    30. 214 Simulating liquid refractions with a dmap
      5m 30s
    31. 215 Creating an eye-catching splatter effect
      9m 8s
    32. 216 Defringing purples and greens in Camera Raw 7
      10m 4s
    33. 217 Making a danger sign more dangerous
      15m 9s
    34. 218 Using texture and depth to add realism
      10m 22s
    35. 219 Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed
      7m 16s
    36. 220 Creating and importing a tracing template
      6m 50s
    37. 221 Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character
      18m 52s
    38. 222 Adding features to the face of a 2D character
      14m 3s
    39. 223 Creating a vivid aura around an entire character
      7m 25s
    40. 224 Adding variable-width strokes in Illustrator
      11m 23s
    41. 225 Animating bird wings with Puppet Warp
      12m 15s
    42. 226 Animating text by onion skinning in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    43. 227 Creating an animated movie in Photoshop
      9m 15s
    44. 228 Exporting an animation to QuickTime and GIF
      5m 44s
    45. 229 Correcting an underwater photograph
      10m 30s
    46. 230 Making a photo razor-sharp and porcelain-smooth
      7m 17s
    47. 231 Reducing noise in a high-ISO shot with Camera Raw
      8m 33s
    48. 232 Creating highly reflective sunglasses
      10m 43s
    49. 233 Adding drama to an outdoor portrait shot
      6m 35s
    50. 234 Creating volumetric forms with shape layers
      15m 52s
    51. 235 Creating a bloodshot eye effect
      7m 11s
    52. 236 Shading an image with shapes and layer masks
      13m 2s
    53. 237 Creating fabric textures with pattern layers
      7m 27s
    54. 238 Colorize any layer with Color Overlay
      3m 23s
    55. 239 Turning a portrait into a dot drawing
      7m 40s
    56. 240 Creating a full-color dot drawing
      3m 29s
    57. 241 Drawing an orthogonal cube with the line tool
      7m 9s
    58. 242 Creating a cube of differently colored cubes
      9m 27s
    59. 243 Recreating the Creative Cloud Logo in Illustrator
      16m 18s
    60. 244 Creating a psychedelic fabric texture
      9m 7s
    61. 245 Turning psychedelic fabric into rock letters
      5m 23s
    62. 246 Creating a more finely rendered dot drawing
      8m 29s
    63. 247 Converting from RGB to CMYK via Multichannel
      12m 31s
    64. 248 Creating printer-safe CMYK shadows
      6m 48s
    65. 249 Creating bright, golden motion trails
      12m 32s
    66. 250 Creating schematic art with grid
      12m 41s
    67. 251 Drawing precisely aligned arrowhead
      12m 8s
    68. 252 Adding arrowheads around a closed path
      6m 1s
    69. 253 Drawing the Pen tool without touching the Pen tool
      17m 13s
    70. 254 Merging frames for the best possible UAV photo
      16m 40s
    71. 255 Retouching details in an aerial landscape
      12m 13s
    72. 256 Editing a video and adding transitions in Photoshop
      10m 57s
    73. 257 Importing the quadcopter crash sequences
      9m 4s
    74. 258 Color correcting a video and adding a soundtrack
      8m 56s
    75. 259 Adding precisely timed titles to your video
      11m 43s
    76. 260 Hand-painting an image with a Wacom Cintiq
      13m 11s
    77. 261 Blending the final false-color artwork
      8m 41s
    78. 262 Creating a honeycomb pattern in Illustrator
      12m 50s
    79. 263 Building up strokes to create 3D honeycomb
      9m 8s
    80. 264 Turning yourself into a zombie
      14m 0s
    81. 265 Enhancing an ambience environment for the undead
      9m 26s
    82. 266 Creating dripping, gooey ghost letters
      16m 43s
    83. 267 Turning type into gooey green slime
      11m 19s
    84. 268 Creating heavy metal type (updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC)
      12m 27s
    85. 269 Cleaning up a crummy product shot
      11m 3s
    86. 270 Scaling and rotating photographic objects
      10m 10s
    87. 271 Tracing a line drawing with uniform strokes
      11m 18s
    88. 272 Coloring line art using Live Paint Bucket
      18m 22s
    89. 273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters
      18m 7s
    90. 274 Integrating a cartoon into a photograph
      7m 27s
    91. 275 Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing
      16m 8s
    92. 276 Adding bring Ben-Day dots and a talk balloon
      15m 31s
    93. 277 Painting an eye using a custom brush
      11m 31s
    94. 278 Painting and smoothing straight-sided brushstrokes
      12m 0s
    95. 279 Simulating pressure with path outlines
      6m 3s
    96. 280 Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw
      14m 42s
    97. 281 Converting from 32-bit to the more flexible 8-bit mode
      11m 15s
  4. 14h 31m
    1. 091 Removing people from a photo
      10m 44s
    2. 092 Masking people back into a photo
      10m 58s
    3. 093 Hand-painting a mask
      10m 5s
    4. 094 Masking a real-life shadow
      10m 40s
    5. 095 Turning a photo into line art
      7m 44s
    6. 096 Adding a crosshatch shading pattern
      6m 46s
    7. 097 Creating type that inverts anything behind it
      5m 32s
    8. 098 Creating auto-inverting line art
      5m 7s
    9. 099 Creating movie poster credits
      8m 10s
    10. 100 Creating a dual-focus hybrid image
      6m 24s
    11. 101 Adding text to a hybrid composition
      7m 24s
    12. 102 Drawing with the reshape tool
      10m 39s
    13. 103 Hand-drawing a really great letter
      10m 6s
    14. 104 Creating a vanity frame
      5m 28s
    15. 105 Adding a frame to a photograph
      5m 3s
    16. 106 Drawing a highly graphic explosion with Illustrator
      10m 3s
    17. 107 Drawing a Ninja Turtle nose
      10m 22s
    18. 108 Mapping a dog face onto a duck
      8m 20s
    19. 109 Putting a tongue on a duck
      7m 6s
    20. 110 Making synthetic lightning in Photoshop
      11m 3s
    21. 111 Creating a driving rain effect in Photoshop
      4m 57s
    22. 112 Designing a railroad track
      12m 18s
    23. 113 Bending the railroad track around curves
      7m 46s
    24. 114 Creating a Star Wars hologram effect
      9m 23s
    25. 115 Creating leafy letters
      6m 12s
    26. 116 Creating topiary type
      6m 22s
    27. 117 Creating type in grass
      9m 0s
    28. 118 Rendering type in smoke
      7m 30s
    29. 119 Rendering type in brushed metal
      9m 57s
    30. 120 Adding brushed copper effect
      4m 14s
    31. 121 Reflecting type in water
      10m 57s
    32. 122 Reflecting water back into type
      11m 14s
    33. 123 Joining type to a circle
      7m 14s
    34. 124 Making flared type on a circle
      7m 17s
    35. 125 Making a person emerge from water
      5m 32s
    36. 126 Creating progressive water ripples
      10m 17s
    37. 127 Creating an upside-down face effect
      10m 17s
    38. 128 Achieving silky smooth skin with retouching
      6m 33s
    39. 129 Pearly white teeth
      7m 28s
    40. 130 Head-shrinking
      8m 26s
    41. 131 Getting a big head
      5m 11s
    42. 132 Adding a photographic texture to vector type
      4m 28s
    43. 133 Adding strokes in back of photo type
      5m 9s
    44. 134 Adding a border to an image in Illustrator
      4m 17s
    45. 135 Two ways to crop in Illustrator
      7m 29s
    46. 136 Inventing a 3D temple with a depth map
      10m 0s
    47. 137 Drawing a 3D object with Curves
      11m 41s
    48. 138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator
      16m 28s
    49. 139 Turning Illustrator paths into Photoshop shapes
      11m 42s
    50. 140 Creating a photorealistic superhero shield
      12m 39s
    51. 141 Pimping your ride in Photoshop
      9m 59s
    52. 142 Masking and blackening a car
      10m 20s
    53. 143 Drawing a multi-part vector mask
      12m 46s
    54. 144 Masking and painting a shadow
      8m 26s
    55. 145 Integrating blades of grass into tires
      5m 34s
    56. 146 Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky
      6m 2s
    57. 147 Adding flame stripes to a car
      8m 23s
    58. 148 Creating interlocking octagons in Illustrator
      7m 44s
    59. 149 Hand-coloring line art
      13m 9s
    60. 150 Creating a custom wave pattern
      9m 56s
    61. 151 Simulating a screen print
      8m 30s
    62. 152 Drawing a perfect linear spiral in Illustrator
      9m 42s
    63. 153 Drawing a spiraling nautilus shell
      11m 4s
    64. 154 Designing a hex pattern in Illustrator CS6
      11m 10s
    65. 155 Making a hex pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier
      7m 4s
    66. 156 Creating a Facebook cover in Photoshop
      9m 25s
    67. 157 Matching a profile picture to your cover
      6m 37s
    68. 158 Cloning yourself in Photoshop
      11m 16s
    69. 159 Lighting the clone party
      8m 29s
    70. 160 Hand-carving letters into wood
      8m 0s
    71. 161 Creating a Spirograph-like pattern
      7m 34s
    72. 162 Tracing scalloped gear teeth around a circle
      4m 55s
    73. 163 Applying custom carve and shadow styles to type
      8m 50s
    74. 164 Turning a pencil sketch into digital ink
      12m 55s
    75. 165 Adding a graph-paper background
      13m 42s
    76. 166 Creating a continuous single-line Spirograph
      13m 2s
    77. 167 Scaling circles into complex patterns
      7m 15s
    78. 168 Creating a money-like design
      8m 43s
    79. 169 Attack of the killer pumpkin
      14m 49s
    80. 170 Simulating a glowing Jack-o-lantern
      12m 24s
    81. 171 The headless stranger in the mist
      12m 25s
    82. 172 Creating 3D punched letters
      13m 29s
    83. 173 Designing a double-wave line pattern
      11m 2s
    84. 174 Assembling a seamless pattern brush
      9m 53s
    85. 175 Creating a hand turkey in Photoshop
      18m 42s
    86. 176 Creating a depth-of-field cast shadow
      7m 29s
    87. 177 Creating a lustrous round jewel
      13m 56s
    88. 178 Cutting and brushing light on a gem
      8m 30s
    89. 179 Creating a shiny button with inset text
      11m 5s
    90. 180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star
      15m 1s
    91. 181 Interweaving star shapes and adding gradients
      8m 28s
    92. 182 Casting shadows between interwoven shapes
      9m 12s
    93. 183 Creating a Hobbit-like text effect
      15m 6s
    94. 184 Enhancing a landscape photo in Camera Raw 7
      9m 16s
  5. 13h 11m
    1. 001 Creating ice type
      8m 39s
    2. 002 Branding type on a texture
      7m 6s
    3. 003 Creating an image-branding machine
      7m 13s
    4. 004 Capturing effects with layer comps
      7m 35s
    5. 005 Rendering type in gold
      8m 9s
    6. 006 Creating a hammered metal background
      5m 48s
    7. 007 Creating heavy metal type
      8m 13s
    8. 008 Creating a molten letter effect
      6m 43s
    9. 009 Setting type on fire
      11m 20s
    10. 010 Using an anti-edge mask
      7m 20s
    11. 011 Blending textures onto a face
      9m 28s
    12. 012 Rendering a face as a cave painting
      7m 34s
    13. 013 Creating a reflection in shattered glass
      8m 32s
    14. 014 Creating a face in a tree
      11m 20s
    15. 015 Building a synthetic star field
      8m 21s
    16. 016 Making 3D type with Repoussé
      10m 14s
    17. 017 Casting 3D shadows and reflections
      9m 35s
    18. 018 Adjusting 3D light sources
      10m 51s
    19. 019 Masking highlights and shadows
      6m 27s
    20. 020 Masking glass
      10m 39s
    21. 021 High key high contrast
      8m 33s
    22. 022 Simulating sub-pixel rendering
      10m 58s
    23. 023 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Photoshop
      9m 41s
    24. 024 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Camera Raw
      8m 51s
    25. 025 Correcting red-eye like a pro
      11m 56s
    26. 026 Turning a photo into an ink drawing
      10m 42s
    27. 027 Turning a photo into a pencil sketch
      8m 43s
    28. 028 Creating a seamlessly repeating pattern
      10m 56s
    29. 029 Repairing seams in a repeating pattern
      10m 47s
    30. 030 Creating a 3D pie chart
      11m 9s
    31. 031 Splitting and modifying 3D meshes
      11m 52s
    32. 032 Using the Ground Plane Shadow Catcher
      6m 58s
    33. 033 Creating a talk show-style curtain
      7m 57s
    34. 034 Assembling a flawless panorama
      10m 5s
    35. 035 Removing people with image stacks
      11m 44s
    36. 036 Creative stacking with Maximum and Range
      11m 44s
    37. 037 Creating synthetic wood grain
      9m 23s
    38. 038 Making slats of uniquely textured wood
      10m 52s
    39. 039 Kerning within a single character
      10m 31s
    40. 040 Creating a raised bevel effect
      11m 49s
    41. 041 Putting wings on a horse
      10m 41s
    42. 042 Creating a classic heart in Illustrator
      7m 15s
    43. 043 Glossing up a heart in Photoshop
      8m 42s
    44. 044 Shooting and assembling a stereoscopic photo
      8m 15s
    45. 045 Extending 3D beyond the screen plane
      6m 13s
    46. 046 Adding stereo 3D text and shapes
      9m 9s
    47. 047 Tilting text and shapes toward the viewer
      8m 13s
    48. 048 Creating a shooting star in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    49. 049 Using blends to draw path outlines
      8m 8s
    50. 050 Inventing custom starbursts
      7m 33s
    51. 051 Making a fictional creature
      12m 5s
    52. 052 Transforming a creature into a monster
      6m 14s
    53. 053 Capturing a monster in motion
      11m 45s
    54. 054 Changing the color of a car
      7m 12s
    55. 055 Painting a colorful car black
      8m 16s
    56. 056 Coloring the stripes on a zebra
      10m 47s
    57. 057 Drawing trendy swirls in Illustrator
      10m 59s
    58. 058 Creating variable-width and brushed swirls
      10m 46s
    59. 059 Drawing trendy ornaments in Illustrator
      8m 49s
    60. 060 Designing a magically updating pattern
      8m 40s
    61. 061 Automatically collapsing a selection
      7m 43s
    62. 062 Adding a magnifying glass into a design
      7m 5s
    63. 063 Healing one eye onto another
      7m 15s
    64. 064 Creating a giant command key
      9m 15s
    65. 065 Drawing common symbols part 1
      6m 29s
    66. 066 Drawing common symbols part 2
      9m 26s
    67. 067 Filtering images with Camera Raw
      7m 52s
    68. 068 Creating a vivid HDR effect
      5m 29s
    69. 069 Creating an ambigram in Illustrator
      10m 45s
    70. 070 Making a two-word ambigram
      7m 47s
    71. 071 Drawing a Halloween scareflake
      10m 45s
    72. 072 Creating true clones in Illustrator
      11m 7s
    73. 073 Taking your scareflakes into Photoshop
      7m 20s
    74. 074 Making a faux HDR image in Lab
      8m 38s
    75. 075 Turning a guy into a zombie
      7m 3s
    76. 076 Miniaturizing the world in Photoshop
      6m 45s
    77. 077 Creating a synthetic rainbow
      8m 53s
    78. 078 Casting an artificial shadow from a layer
      7m 2s
    79. 079 Rendering a portrait in type
      8m 58s
    80. 080 Rendering a portrait in tile patterns
      7m 43s
    81. 081 Rotating a pattern layer in Photoshop
      4m 16s
    82. 082 Tracing an image with path outlines
      7m 50s
    83. 083 Turning path outlines into a vector mask
      6m 0s
    84. 084 Drawing rays of light in Photoshop
      5m 40s
    85. 085 Drawing concentric glow rings
      7m 24s
    86. 086 Designing an Indiana Jones-style logo
      8m 50s
    87. 087 Achieving mitered corners in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    88. 088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop
      11m 8s
    89. 089 Creating a stained-glass ornament
      8m 26s
    90. 090 Designing a stained-glass window
      10m 23s

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