Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland
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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals
Video duration: 0s 11h 36m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a workspace
  • Working with the seven key selection tools
  • Using the Color Range command
  • Automating masking
  • Matching a scene with Smart Filters
  • Choosing the ideal base channel
  • Converting a channel to a mask
  • Painting with the Overlay and Soft Light modes
  • Using History to regain a lost mask
  • Working with the Calculations command
  • Extracting a mask from a Smart Object
  • Masking and compositing light
  • Masking with black and white
  • Working with path outlines
  • Combining pixel and vector masks
  • Creating and feathering a vector mask


- Hi, I'm Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Photoshop Masking and Compositing Fundamentals. The introduction to my multi-part series on how to make compelling, credible, and ultimately photo realistic compositions in Photoshop. It all begins with this course in which I'll show you the basics. We'll start by reviewing the channels panel which is where you create and edit masks. Next I'll introduce you to the mysterious but essential alpha channel which for our purposes right now is the mask.

Then we'll take our first look at compositing and I'll show you how to blend your masked images so they naturally interact. After that the selection tools. And we'll examine the best selection tool of them all the Color Range command. Then comes Refine Edge that let's you fine-tune the work of all those other tools. And then we'll take a look at the definitive intersection of masking and compositing layer masks. Having great masking and compositing skills will benefit you for years to come.

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