October 26, 2015
To add a mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon in the Layers panel. Click once to add a layer mask and click again to add a vector mask (or you can Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the mask icon to add a vector mask).
To add a layer mask that automatically hides the content of the layer (or the selection), as opposed to revealing it as it does by default, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the icon.
Use Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) to invert a layer mask, or click the Invert button on the Properties panel!
September 8, 2015
Learn how to swap heads in a family portrait in my free video (Swapping Heads in a Family Portrait in Photoshop) from Lynda.com.
September 4, 2015
See how easy it is to use blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect in Photoshop in my free video (Using Blend Modes to Emulate an Image Transfer Effect in Photoshop) from Lynda.com
September 3, 2015
Discover how to Select Soft Edge Objects using the Refine Edge feature in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com.
September 1, 2015
Discover how to “Quickly Blend Two Images Together Using Layer Masks in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com
June 25, 2015
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne reveals her Lightroom to Photoshop workflow used to create the still life “Cyclical”.
June 12, 2015
In this Episode of the Complete Picture I demonstrate some basic compositing techniques in Photoshop, used to illustrate the feeling and mood of Iceland. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how easy it is to combine multiple images together using Layers, masking, blend modes, and transparency in Photoshop.
May 8, 2015
In this Quick Tip, Julieanne reveals a technique to create a mask using the reflected gradient which can quickly be repositioned over time without retouching.
March 19, 2015
Learn how easy it is to mask a video clip in Photoshop – to selectively reveal motion over time.
January 28, 2015
Because so many people ask me how I come up with the ideas for my digital illustrations, I put together a short slideshow to demonstrate how I layer different elements together.
The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Isostacy” was created.
The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Twilight” was created.
For more complete training on how I use Photoshop to create these composites, you can watch either of my two training series on Lynda.com:
Introduction to Compositing
The Art of Photoshop Compositing
December 10, 2014
When drawing with the default gradient in a mask, if the mask isn’t quite right, it’s easy to draw another gradient to replace the first one.
Dragging the default gradient from white to black hides the adjustment in the lower portion of the image.
By default, dragging a second gradient replaces the first one.
If, however, you want to draw a secondary gradient that will add to or subtract from the mask (instead of replacing it), change the blend mode for the Gradient tool to Multiply (to add black) or Screen (to add white) and then drag the second gradient.
Setting the Gradient tool’s blend mode to screen (before dragging the second gradient) will add the lighter values to the mask. If you are hiding an area and want the darker values of the Gradient to show, then change the Gradient Tool’s blend mode to Multiply.
Note: in the example above, I selected Edit > Undo to undo the gradient that drew in the second illustration before changing the blend mode to Screen and redrawing the gradient.
Of course there are other ways to draw masks, but I find this to be straightforward. Plus if you use the radial gradient you can create a cool looking “bubble mask” by drawing multiple black to white radial gradients with the Gradient tool’s blend mode set to Darken – although I’ve never actually used a bubble mask like this for anything useful – but I’m sure that someone has!
October 16, 2014
When selecting Live Shape layers, the Properties panel now displays the Live Shape properties by default (instead of the mask properties). Use the icons at the top of the Properties panel to toggle between the Live Shape and Masks properties.
July 11, 2014
Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) on the Quick Mask icon to invert the selection when entering Quick Mask mode.
June 20, 2014
There are a number of different techniques for displaying a photograph within type or other graphics. In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to apply a clipping mask to a layer group enabling you to mask multiple layers at once while keeping the type, the graphics and the photograph re-editable.
June 5, 2014
If a section of a mask isn’t quite correct, try using the Dodge or Burn tool in the mask to subtly adjust the edge (by lightening or darkening the grayscale values within the transitional area). In this example, the original mask is too soft and as a result, we can see a green halo around the edge of the leaf.
Looking at the original mask, we can see that the edge of the mask needs to be reduced in width as well as shifted towards the edge of the leaf. Note: This is also known as “choking” the mask. Moving in the other direction would be “spreading” the mask.
Using the Burn tool on the mask’s edge, darkens the values in the transitional areas of the mask, narrowing the transitional area and moving the mask in towards the leaf. (I realize that the change is subtle in this illustration, but notice how the edge of the mask in the illustration below appears sharper than in the illustration above.)
As a result of choking the mask, the green halo is removed from around the edge of the leaf.