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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Adding layer effects with masks


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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Adding layer effects with masks

You might be familiar with Layer Effects in Photoshop, the ability to add, for example, a drop shadow to an image. These effects are very often used with text, for example. But we can also utilize those Layer effects in the context of a composite image. In other words, in conjunction with a Layer mask. Here, for example, I had a sign of a side of a building with an entrance sign. And I've isolated just the sign in order to put it onto a white background, but I'd like to add a little bit of depth by adding a Layer mask. To do that, I'll go ahead and click on the thumbnail for my sign layer to make sure it's active. And then at the bottom of the Layers panel, I'll click on the FX button which will bring up a list of layer effects that I'm able to apply. I'll go ahead and choose Drop Shadow from that popup menu. And now the Layer Style dialogue appears and you can see that the Drop Shadow option has been turned on.
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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop
3h 37m Beginner Jun 25, 2013

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Learn how to use selections and layer masks in Photoshop to create composite images and apply targeted adjustments. After covering the key concepts behind selections and exploring Photoshop's selection tools, Tim Grey delves into a variety of advanced techniques that will help you make accurate selections, create seamless composite images, and apply adjustments that do exactly what you want them to do.

Topics include:
  • Basic concepts
  • Selection tools
  • Advanced selection techniques
  • Creating composite images
  • Applying targeted adjustments
  • Creating a vignette effect with masking
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Tim Grey

Adding layer effects with masks

You might be familiar with Layer Effects in Photoshop, the ability to add, for example, a drop shadow to an image. These effects are very often used with text, for example. But we can also utilize those Layer effects in the context of a composite image. In other words, in conjunction with a Layer mask. Here, for example, I had a sign of a side of a building with an entrance sign. And I've isolated just the sign in order to put it onto a white background, but I'd like to add a little bit of depth by adding a Layer mask. To do that, I'll go ahead and click on the thumbnail for my sign layer to make sure it's active. And then at the bottom of the Layers panel, I'll click on the FX button which will bring up a list of layer effects that I'm able to apply. I'll go ahead and choose Drop Shadow from that popup menu. And now the Layer Style dialogue appears and you can see that the Drop Shadow option has been turned on.

And selected so I can see the drop shadow controls. I'll go ahead and adjust the settings here for example. I'll increase the distance so I get a drop shadow that's moved a little further away from the object there. I can also adjust the size in order to essentially blur that drop shadow. And then I'll reduce the opacity a bit so that it's a little bit more subtle. And I can continue fine tuning, adjusting the Angle for example I'll set this to 135 degrees perhaps. I'll move the Layer Style dialogue out of the way a little bit, so we can see the full image. And you'll notice that that Drop Shadow is appearing based on the Layer mask. In other words I'm only seeing this image where the sign exist. And therefore, that drop shadow is effectively a drop shadow of the sign, the drop shadow only appears along the shape defined by that Layer mask. And so in this way, I can apply a variety of different Layer effects, and they will respect that Layer mask.

So for example, if I add a Bevel and Emboss effect I'll go ahead and just increase the size here so we can see it very obviously. That Bevel and Emboss effect also happens only along the edge of that sign. Because all of these effects, all of these layer styles are respecting the layer mask. So, I can continue fine tuning the settings as needed and adding any layer effects I like. And when I'm finished I'll click okay, but as you can see I'm able to add effects based on the masked version of the particular image layer.

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