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By Kevin Stohlmeyer | Saturday, June 14, 2014

Which Should You Use: A Path or a Mask in Photoshop?

Should I save my selection as a Path or as a Layer Mask in Photoshop? I get this question a lot when it comes to creating a silhouette in Adobe Photoshop. The answer ultimately depends on how you answer the following questions.

By Jim Heid | Thursday, February 13, 2014

Shooting Silhouettes

Ben and Musician

Sometimes shapes tell a better story than details. When you photograph a subject in silhouette, you emphasize body language instead of facial expressions. A silhouette can be a powerful way to tell a story or convey a scene in an abstract way.

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Putting wings on a horse

In this week’s free episode, Deke gives you wings. Well, he gives a horse wings. In truth, he gives a horse wings that formerly belonged to a goose. No matter—the bottom line is that you end up with your very own mythological creature. This week in Deke’s Techniques, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to mask complex creatures and create silhouettes from real-world photographs. In Deke’s example, here are the two photographs that eventually make up the composite image:

We’ll start by applying some contrast-controlling adjustment layers to begin the process, then use some old-school brushing techniques to turn the contributing creatures into crisp silhouettes. The result is this magical creature:

Although the end result is (artistically speaking) a silhouette, in truth it’s a mask. And masks can be infinitely useful, way beyond your species-mixing fantasies. If you’d like to learn more about masks from Deke, check out Chapter 26 of Deke’s Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course. You’ll also learn how to use the pen tool to solve problematic masking challenges. You can take a more in-depth look at how to master the pen tool by checking out Chapter 27 of the same course.

Every week, there’s a new (and free) technique from Deke. And lynda.com members can see the entire collection here, along with some exclusive members-only techniques.

See you next week!

Related links:Deke’s Techniques courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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