Posts tagged "Masking"

September 6, 2012

Top 10 Favorite Photoshop Shortcuts when Working with Layers.

Click here to download my top 10 favorite Photoshop shortcuts when working with layers – LayersShortcuts.pdf.

(I compiled them for my Creative Compositing class at Photoshop World today – see you there!)

 

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July 20, 2012

Feathering an Edge Using the Properties Panel in Photoshop CS6

When working with Layer Masks, the Properties panel can be used to non-destructively soften the edge of the mask enabling it to  be re-edited at a later time. This can be very useful if the size of the original file or even layer needs to be changed in the editing process.

To add a non-destructive feather, select the desired layer mask on the Layers panel. Then, on the Properties panel, adjust the Feather slider as needed. Although this feature was in Photoshop CS5 (via the Masks panel), in Photoshop CS6 the Feather  values support decimal places.

Note: in Photoshop CS6, the Marquee, and Lasso tool’s feather values (in the Options bar), support decimal places as well.

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June 22, 2012

Photoshop’s Mask Panel – Nondestructive Edge Softening

When adding a mask to a layer in Photoshop, instead of guessing at the size of a feather that should be applied (because we know that the feather amount will vary depending on the resolution of the image and the desired softness of the edge that is being feathered), use the non-destructive Feather option  on the Properties panel. To access the mask properties, click on the mask icon on the Properties Panel. Now, you can add a feather to soften an edge yet, if the image is resized or other adjustments need to be made at a later time, the feather can be appropriately adjusted.

And while you’re in the Properties panel, and the focus is on the mask, be sure to check out the non-destructive Density slider to reduce the opacity (density) of the mask.

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September 13, 2010

Double Check your Layer Mask

When working on intricately composited, multi layered documents, I often find it useful to check each of the layer masks before finalizing the image. To do this, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to display it. With the mask visible, check to see if there are any unwanted awkward transitional areas that might not have been visible in the complex composite (a sharp edge from a selection or gradient for example).

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July 30, 2010

Working with Quick Mask

• “Q” will toggle between Quick Mask and Normal Mode.
• Double click the Quick Mask icon on the tool panel to view Quick Mask Options.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 2 to view the Quick Mask, yet edit the composite image. Note: You can view the Channels panel to see what’s happening under the hood – notice how Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 2 targets the RGB image instead of Quick Mask and that Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 6 will target the Quick Mask).

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June 4, 2010

Create Layer Mask from Transparency

In order to automatically convert the transparent areas of a layer into a mask, select Layer > Layer Mask > From Transparency.

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February 12, 2010

Adding a Feather for a Soft Edge

Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + D is the shortcut to add a feather to a selection. But remember, in Photoshop CS4, if you’re adding a soft edge to a mask, I find that using the nondestructive Feather slider in the Masks panel much more flexible.

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February 9, 2010

Delicate Mask Clean-Up

After adding a layer mask to hide portions of a layer, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if there are any small bits of the layer that have been accidently left behind. In this case, it might be helpful to temporarily add a layer effect such as a bright red stroke ( Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and click the color swatch to choose a vibrant color) . The stroke will now appear around any small areas of the mask that you may need to clean up. When finished, simply remove the layer effect by dragging the “fx” icon on the Layers panel to the Trash icon).

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January 7, 2010

Convert a Layer or Layer Mask into a Selection

•Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on a layer or layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to load it as a selection.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift to add additional layer and or layer mask to the selection.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) to subtract another layer and or layer mask from the selection.
• Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift to create the intersection of two layers and or layer masks.

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October 30, 2009

Video Tutorial – Photomerge, Auto Align and Content Aware Scale

In this video tutorial (Photomerge, Auto Align and Content Aware Scale), Julieanne Kost shows you how Photoshop CS4 will help you with it’s content aware fill, intelligent scaling, alignment and auto-blending.

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Video Tutorial – The New Adjustments and Masks Panels in Photoshop CS4

You’ll be amazed how much faster you can fine tune your images with the new Adjustments and Masks Panel in Photoshop CS4. Julieanne Kost shows you how in this video tutorial – The New Adjustments and Masks Panels in Photoshop CS4.

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Inverting the Quick Mask

Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) -click on the Quick Mask icon to invert the selection when entering Quick Mask mode.

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October 29, 2009

Quick Mask (Q)

Double click on the quick mask icon to access the Quick Mask Options dialog box to change color, transparency and opacity options.

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July 17, 2009

Convert Path to Selection

After drawing a path with the Pen tool, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Return (Mac) / Enter (Win) crates a selection from the path. Note: this shortcut works with any selected path (shape layer, vector mask etc.).

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July 3, 2009

Masking Multiple Layers

Not only are Layer Groups great for organizing your layers, you can also use them to mask the contents of multiple layers at a time. With the Group targeted in the Layers panel, click the Add Pixel (or Vector) Mask icon from the Masks panel. This mask will control the visibility of all layers within the Group.

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