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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.
By now we've witnessed the power of the Channels' panel. We've seen how to save and retrieve Alpha Channels, and we've examine the composition, so much high-level stuff, and yet now, only now, I introduced the selection tools, but now it's the perfect time. Now that you know Selections and Masks are actually the same thing, and now you can use masks to investigate and refine selections, you can truly appreciate the seven very basic but surprisingly powerful selection tools that Photoshop has to offer.
Watch these movies, see how the Selection tools work, and then join me as we make something truly magical using the Elliptical Marquee, the Magnetic Lasso, the Quick Selection tool, and the Magic Wand, four tools plus this chapter, equals one amazing composition.
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