Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding masking, part of The Art of Photoshop Compositing.
…Now it's time to conquer the mysteries of masking.…In this window image I want to be able to see through the window.…So I need to get rid of all of the…information outside the window and within the window as well.…Because I want to do this in a non-destructive…manner, I'm not going to use the Eraser tool.…Instead I'm going to use a layer mask. but first I need to make my selection.…If I tap the W key, I get the Quick Select tool.…Then I can…click and drag around the metal portion of the portal.…
You can see that it didn't quite capture everything.…So, I'm going to continue to click and drag around the top area here.…Now, if it goes too far and it starts selecting too…much, I can hold down the Opt or the Alt key.…You can see that the center cursor changes to a…minus, and I can click and drag to subtract that area.…So the Quick Select tool is actually a very smart tool.…Every time I click and drag in an…area, Photoshop and the Quick Select tool actually records…the colors that I'm clicking over and it subtracts…
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Composite Images?
2. Customizing Photoshop for Compositing Images
3. Composite 1: Perception
4. Composite 2: Erosion
5. Working with the Pen Tool
6. Composite 3: Two Birds
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