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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals is the introductory installment of Deke McClelland's four-part series on making photorealistic compositions in Photoshop. The course shows how to make selections, refine the selections with masks, and then combine them in new ways, using layer effects, blend modes, and other techniques to create a single seamless piece of artwork. Deke introduces the Channels panel and the alpha channel, the key to masking and transparency in Photoshop; reviews the selection tools, including the Color Range tool , Quick Mask mode, and the Refine Edge command; and shows how to blend masked images so they interact naturally.
My sincere hope is that you now have a grasp on the basic techniques and tools that you'll need to make meticulous selections and imaginative compositions in Photoshop. But masking is often an if-then proposition, meaning that it requires a different approach based on the specific images that you're working with. To that end, you should think of this course, the one you just finished, as the mother ship of masking and compositing in Photoshop. In time, I'll post satellite courses in the lynda.com Online Training Library that address such particular themes as masking hair and feathers, the advanced blending features, and selecting intricate outlines with the Pen tool.
If you'd like to see how I use advanced masking to create real-world project as well as exploit many other features inside of Photoshop, check out my course Photoshop One-on-One: Mastery. And if you'd like to get a photographer's take on this subject, check out my friend and colleague Chris Orwig's course, Photoshop: Creative Compositing. Whatever you do, I hope to see you again really soon. On behalf of lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland saying, "See ya!"
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