MAsk basics Print Production


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Masking basics

Masking is one of the secrets of happiness in Photoshop, whether you're doing color correction or compositing, or you're silhouetting subjects from their backgrounds. Multiple terms are used, silhouette, knockout, dropout, cutout, you get the idea. First, some basic rules. Work nondestructively if you can. Don't kill innocent pixels. Let Photoshop help you if possible. And keep in mind that it's okay to improve an edge. It's well within your artistic license to reshape a lumpy waist or an irregular ear while you're creating a mask.

If you need to knock out a straight edge object such as a book or this pencil, or you need something with a smooth arcing curve, then the Pen tool is your good choice. Now it takes some practice to become accustomed to this, and this is not intended to be a Pen tool tutorial. You can find a number of those on lynda.com. It's a very powerful tool. So I'm just going to make a quick pen path around this pencil just click, click, click to make ...

Masking basics
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Masking basics provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Claudia McCue as part of the Print Production Fundamentals

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