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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals

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Shows how to make selections, refine the selections with masks, and then combine them in new ways.


  • Loading my custom dekeKeys shortcuts
  • Adjusting the color settings
  • Setting up a power workspace
  • Welcome
1. It All Starts with the Channel
  • The Masks and Channels panels
  • How color channels work
  • Viewing channels in color
  • How RGB works
  • Single-channel grayscale
  • Mixing a custom "fourth" channel
  • The other three-channel mode: Lab
  • A practical application of Lab
  • The final color mode: CMYK
  • Introducing the Multichannel mode
  • Creating a unique multichannel effect
  • The channel is the origin of masking
2. The Magic of Masking
  • The origins of the alpha channel
  • How a mask works
  • Making an alpha channel
  • Using the new channel icons
  • Saving an image with alpha channels
  • Loading a selection from a channel
  • Putting a mask into play
  • Loading a selection from a layer
  • Loading a selection from another image
  • The alpha channel is home to the mask
3. The Science of Compositing
  • Viewing a mask as a rubylith overlay
  • Changing a mask's overlay color
  • Painting inside a mask
  • Cleaning up and confirming
  • Combining masks
  • Painting behind and inside a layer
  • Blending image elements
  • What to do when layers go wrong
  • Hiding layer effects with a mask
  • Introducing clipping masks
  • Unclipping and masking a shadow
  • The mask meets the composition
4. The Essentials of Selecting
  • The marquee tools
  • The single-pixel tools (plus tool tricks)
  • Turning a destructive edit into a layer
  • Making shapes of specific sizes
  • The lasso tools
  • Working with the Magnetic Lasso tool
  • The Quick Selection tool
  • Combining Quick Selection and Smudge
  • The Magic Wand and the Tolerance value
  • Contiguous and Anti-aliased selections
  • Making a good selection with the Magic Wand
  • Selecting and replacing a background
  • Resolving edges with layer effects
  • Adding lines of brilliant gold type
  • The seven selection soldiers
5. The Versatility of Combining and Transforming
  • Introducing "selection calculations"
  • Combining two different tools
  • Selections and transparency masks
  • Selecting an eye
  • Masking and blending a texture into skin
  • Painting a texture into an eye
  • Combining layers, masks, channels, and paths
  • Moving selection outlines vs. selected pixels
  • Transforming and warping a selection outline
  • Pasting an image inside a selection
  • Adding volumetric shadows and highlights
  • Converting an image into a mask
  • Selections reign supreme
6. The Unmatched Power of Color Range
  • Introducing the Color Range command
  • Working in the Color Range dialog box
  • Primary colors and luminance ranges
  • A terrific use for Color Range
  • Introducing the Quick Mask mode
  • Moving a selection into a new background
  • Smoothing the mask, recreating the corners
  • Integrating foreground and background
  • Creating a cast shadow from a layer
  • Releasing and masking layer effects
  • Creating a synthetic rainbow effect
  • Masking and compositing your rainbow
  • The best selection tools are commands
7. The Unearthly Joy of Refinement
  • Introducing the Refine Mask command
  • Automated edge detection
  • Turning garbage into gold
  • Starting with an accurate selection
  • Selection outline in, layer mask out
  • Matching a scene with Smart Filters
  • Cooling a face, reflecting inside eyes
  • Creating a layer of ghoulish skin
  • Adding dark circles around the eyes
  • Creating a fake blood effect
  • Establishing trails of blood
  • Integrating the blood into the scene
  • The ultimate in masking automation
8. The Rewards of Everyday Masking
  • Choosing the ideal base channel
  • Converting a channel into a mask
  • Painting with the Overlay mode
  • Painting with the Soft Light mode
  • Mask, composite, refine, and blend
  • Creating a more aggressive mask
  • Blending differently masked layers
  • Creating a hair-only mask
  • Using history to regain a lost mask
  • Separating flesh tones from hair
  • Adjusting a model's color temperature
  • Introducing the Calculations command
  • Extracting a mask from a Smart Object
  • Integrating a bird into a new sky
  • Creating synthetic rays of light
  • Masking and compositing light
  • Introducing a brilliant light source
  • Using the image to select itself
9. The Mechanics of Layer Masks
  • White reveals, black conceals
  • Layer masking tips and tricks
  • Generating a layer mask with Color Range
  • The Masks panel's bad options
  • The Masks panel's good options
  • Creating and feathering a vector mask
  • Combining pixel and vector masks
  • Working with path outlines
  • Combining paths into a single vector mask
  • Sharpening detail, reducing color noise
  • Recreating missing details
  • Masking glass
  • Refining a jagged Magic Wand mask
  • Masking multiple layers at one time
  • Establishing a knockout layer
  • Clipping and compositing tricks
  • The synthesis of masking and compositing
More to Come
  • Next steps

Taught by

Deke McClelland


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