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Select, then paint

From: Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Video: Select, then paint

When you need to create a layer mask to produce a composite image, you have two basic options for getting started. You can create a black mask as if it were, a layer mask filled with white and then paint with black to block certain areas of the image, or you can utilize a selection as the basis of that layer mask. But actually you can mix and match. You can use both of those techniques combined in order to get the best layer mask. I'll start off in this case by creating a selection of my tulip. So, I'll chose my quick selection tool and then I'm going to create a selection of just this foreground tulip. You'll notice that the selection is not exactly perfect. It's pretty good, but not perfect, but I'm just going to leave it as it is for the moment to demonstrate.

Select, then paint

When you need to create a layer mask to produce a composite image, you have two basic options for getting started. You can create a black mask as if it were, a layer mask filled with white and then paint with black to block certain areas of the image, or you can utilize a selection as the basis of that layer mask. But actually you can mix and match. You can use both of those techniques combined in order to get the best layer mask. I'll start off in this case by creating a selection of my tulip. So, I'll chose my quick selection tool and then I'm going to create a selection of just this foreground tulip. You'll notice that the selection is not exactly perfect. It's pretty good, but not perfect, but I'm just going to leave it as it is for the moment to demonstrate.

Great how we can mix and match these techniques. So with my selection active, I'm going to add a layer mask. That layer mask will block portions of my tulips layer so that the sky down below shows through. So with the tulips layer active on the Layers panel, I'll go down to the bottom of the Layers panel, and click on the Add Layer Mask button, the circle inside of a square icon. That will add a layer mask based on the selection. But I don't have to finish here. I can continue to fine-tune this layer mask using a variety of techniques, such as painting directly on the mask.

So I'll click on the thumbnail for that layer mask to make sure it's active, and then I'll chose the Brush tool. And I can press the letter D on the keyboard to make sure the colors are set to their default values of white for my foreground color and black for my background color. And then I'll make sure that the brush is configured properly. Specifically I'll want to use the normal blend mode, and a 100% opacity. I can also adjust the brush hardness if I'd like. In this case it's set to 50%, and I think that'll work pretty well. So I'll move my mouse out over the image, and adjust the brush size using the left square bracket key to reduce the brush size.

Or the right square bracket key to increase the brush size. And at this point I want to reveal pixels, so I want to paint with white. The problem is I don't know exactly where, for example the edge of the stem for the tulip actually is. So I'm sort of painting blind here. Well, the solution is to simply click and paint and reveal more than I need to reveal. So you'll see that now I have the stem and also some of the background. I'll go ahead and zoom in so that we can get a closer look. And now that I've revealed that area. I'll go ahead and block what I don't want.

So I'll press the letter x on the keyboard to switch my foreground and background colors. I'll adjust the brush size as needed. And now I can paint with black right along the edge of the stem of the tulip, so that I am blocking the pixels. Outside of that stem. I'll then of course clean up the rest of this area here. And up there's a little bit of area that needs to be touched up. And I can continue in this way, cleaning up that edge. So first, I will start off by revealing more than I actually need. And then I'll go back and clean things up as needed. So once again I can start with the selection in order to create my basic layer mask, and then use the brush tool as needed to paint with black to block certain areas, or white to reveal certain areas in order to fine tune that layer mask.

So here, for example, the selection gave me a really good starting point, but there's some additional work needed to clean up that selection. And so I'll work directly on the layer mask in order to clean up all of those areas where the selection wasn't quite perfect.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

51 video lessons · 10701 viewers

Tim Grey
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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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