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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
Quick Mask Mode offers you another way to refine selections. Quick Mask Mode comes in handy when you have a small area to select and you just want to manually paint in a selection. Quick Mask Mode is also useful to clean up a selection that you've made with another tool that just needs a quick touch up here and there. Let's give it a try here. I'm going to get my Quick Selection tool and I'm going to make a really quick selection of these pots. You can see how imperfect this selection is. I need to add to this selection on the right and remove part of this selection on the left side.
I could use the Quick Selection Brush options to do that, but it's probably just as fast in this case to go down and click on Quick Mask Mode at the bottom of the toolbox. Quick Mask Mode is showing me the selection as a mask. A mask is just another way of displaying selection information. The clear areas of the mask are the selected areas, and the red translucent areas are the masked areas. In Quick Mask Mode, I can just paint away this masked area and paint in a mask over here on the left. To do that, I'm going to the toolbox and I'm going to the toolbox and I'm going to select my Regular Brush tool.
Then I'm going to go down and see what color is available for me to paint with. When I'm working on a mask, I won't be able to paint with any color. Only with black, white or shades of gray. I'm going to switch my foreground color from black to white by pressing the X key and then I'm going to go over to this pot and I'm just going to paint away that part of the mask that's encroaching on the pot. What I am doing is actually adding to the selection of the pot. Then if I need to clean up the edge there a little bit, I'll switch from white to black paint by pressing the X and I'll fix the edge where I over-painted just a bit.
Then I'll go over to the left side and I'll paint the mask in there. I'm still painting with black, which adds the mask back in and is actually deleting from the selection. I'll do this bit really fast. I am all done and I can now exit Quick Mask mode and there is my selection. The beauty of using Quick Mask mode is that it offers you the fine control you sometimes need to get in and just clean up some small areas. Although the automatic selection tools like the Quick Selection tool are great to get you most of the way there, the Manual Quick Mask feature is often just what you need to take you that extra inch toward your goal of making the best selection possible.
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