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Mastering Photoshop Channel Masking

Robin Whalley, Landscape Photographer & Author

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19 Videos (2h 20m)
    • Channel Masking Trailer

    • Section 1: Introduction to the Course

    • Section 1: Masks and masking

    • Section 1 : The Photoshop Interface

    • Section 2: Your First Channel Mask Introduction

    • Section 2: Creating Your First Channel Mask

    • Section 2: Refining Your Mask

    • Section 2: Switching Mode for More Channels

    • Section 3: Saving and Loading Masks Introduction

    • Section 3: How to Save a Mask

    • Section 3: How to Load a Saved Mask

    • Section 3: Selections, Masks and Channels

    • Section 4: Refining Your Masks Introduction

    • Section 4: Painting a Mask

    • Section 4: Expanding and Contracting Masks

    • Section 4: Calculations Dialog 1

    • Section 4: Calculations Dialog 2

    • Section 5 Basic Example

    • Section 5 Advanced Example


About This Class

Why Photoshop Masking

Masking is a cornerstone skill in Photoshop. Using masks, you can adjust targeted areas of a photograph rather than the entire image. To create work of the highest quality this is essential. It’s a skill that can be applied in so many different situations.

Whilst being able to use masks is important, the real value is in creating them, quickly and with precision. This course equips you with the tools and techniques of the professional, allowing you to create and refine complex masks.

What We Cover

The course is organised into five sections:

  • Section 1 introduces you to masks, what they are and how they work. We also cover the essential Photoshop tools used in the course.
  • Section 2 has you create your first channel mask, taking a landscape photograph and separating the sky from the ground. You then learn simple techniques to enhance and refine this mask for better results.
  • Section 3 explains how to manage the masks you create. How you save them within your images as well as move them between different images. It also explains the close relationship between masks, selections and channels allowing you to easily switch between all three when needed.
  • Section 4 explains more advanced techniques used to create and refine masks. You learn how to easily fix problems such as halos to achieve perfect results.
  • Section 5 demonstrates two full length projects which you will work through. The first basic example shows how to replace the sky from once image with the sky from another, blending it seamlessly with objects in the scene. The second more advance example combines the image of a woman’s face with the background of a beach. Here you see how the simple techniques from the course are applied to make complex selections such as hair.

Follow the lessons and learn the masking techniques of the professional.

Previous Experience

You don’t need any experience with masking to take this course. Everything you need to generate and refine complex masks, is covered in the lessons. What is required is a level of familiarity with Photoshop. You should know how to open, save and close images as well as adjustments such as Levels and Brush tools.

This course uses Adobe Photoshop and is not suitable for Adobe Elements. The lessons show Photoshop CC 2017, but the techniques can be applied using Photoshop CS3 or even earlier.





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