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Photoshop CS4: Layer Masks in Depth

with Jan Kabili

Video: Welcome

Covers everything about using layer masks to enhance photographs and create professional-looking image composites.
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  1. 5m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
    3. Making a course workspace
      2m 57s
  2. 47m 20s
    1. What is a layer mask?
      4m 25s
    2. What are layer masks used for?
      6m 15s
    3. Introducing the Masks panel
      6m 43s
    4. Adding a layer mask
      4m 28s
    5. Converting a background layer for masking
      2m 58s
    6. Targeting a layer mask
      4m 2s
    7. Painting on a layer mask
      5m 2s
    8. Viewing a layer mask
      5m 31s
    9. Disabling a layer mask
      1m 54s
    10. Deleting and applying layer masks
      3m 29s
    11. Saving layer masks with a file
      2m 33s
  3. 30m 25s
    1. Filling a selection on a layer mask
      8m 0s
    2. Making a layer mask from a selection of the foreground
      4m 8s
    3. Making a layer mask from a selection of the background
      4m 12s
    4. Adding a gradient to a layer mask
      7m 47s
    5. Pasting into a layer mask
      6m 18s
  4. 19m 13s
    1. Adjusting mask density
      4m 1s
    2. Feathering masks
      5m 44s
    3. Fine-tuning mask edges
      9m 28s
  5. 47m 9s
    1. Moving and copying layer masks
      6m 42s
    2. Inverting layer masks
      3m 40s
    3. Loading selections from layer masks
      1m 38s
    4. Unlinking layer masks
      4m 46s
    5. Filtering layer masks
      4m 0s
    6. Adding adjustments to layer masks
      4m 46s
    7. Adding layer masks to layer groups
      8m 48s
    8. Adding layer masks to Smart Objects
      6m 26s
    9. Using layer masks with layer styles
      6m 23s
  6. 12m 21s
    1. Creating vector masks
      5m 4s
    2. Editing vector masks
      2m 53s
    3. Using vector masks with layer masks
      4m 24s
  7. 41m 38s
    1. Combining images
      9m 42s
    2. Replacing a background
      7m 48s
    3. Putting an object inside another
      6m 57s
    4. Pasting into a selection
      3m 57s
    5. Intersecting objects
      6m 26s
    6. Limiting a fill layer
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 49s
    1. Limiting adjustment layers
      7m 21s
    2. Adding grayscale pixels to an adjustment layer mask
      5m 4s
    3. Copying adjustment layer masks
      5m 14s
    4. Applying blend modes selectively
      2m 51s
    5. Retouching portraits selectively
      5m 43s
    6. Combining bracketed exposures
      8m 18s
    7. Combining Camera Raw exposures
      6m 57s
    8. Manipulating depth of field
      4m 42s
    9. Targeting image sharpening
      5m 37s
    10. Framing photographs
      4m 2s
  9. 57s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS4: Layer Masks in Depth
Video Duration: 0s 4h 20m Intermediate


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In Photoshop CS4: Layer Masks in Depth, Jan Kabili takes an in-depth look at using layer masks to create professional-looking image composites and make targeted photo corrections. Jan examines some common situations in which layer masks are the key to creating convincing image composites. She demonstrates practical ways to enhance photos with layer masking, including masking adjustment layers and Smart Filters to affect part of a photo. She explains how to use layer masks to combine different exposures of the same scene, and teaches how to work with vector masks to achieve a clean, graphic look. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding grayscale pixels to layer masks to hide and show layer content
  • Refining the edges of layer masks in the Refine Mask dialog box
  • Using filters and adjustments to manipulate layer masks
  • Blending photographs into composites by applying gradients to layer masks
  • Using layer masks with Smart Objects and Adobe Camera Raw to combine different adjustments of the same photo
  • Simulating shallow depth of field and targeting sharpening with Smart Filter masks
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Hi! I'm Jan Kabili and I would like to welcome you to Photoshop CS4 Layer Masks In Depth. This course is a deep dive into the use of layer masks in Photoshop CS4. It covers everything you need to know to use layer masking to enhance your photographs and to create professional looking image composites. I will show you how to create layer masks by adding grayscale pixels to a mask to hide parts of the layer to which the mask is attached. We will explore practical applications for layer masks, like using layer masks with adjustment layers to correct your photographs.

I will walk you through making creative image composites using layer masks, and I'll show you the latest features for fine- tuning your layer masks in the new Masks panel. Layer masks are among the most powerful features in Photoshop. For those of you who already have the basics of Photoshop under your belt, understanding layer masks will help you take your photo editing and image composting skills to the next exciting level. So let's get started with this course, Photoshop CS4 Layer Masks In Depth.

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