Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals with Deke McClelland

Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals is the introductory installment of Deke McClelland’s four-part series on making photorealistic compositions in Photoshop. The course shows how to make selections, refine the selections with masks, and then combine them in new ways, using layer effects, blend modes, and other techniques to create a single seamless piece of artwork. Deke introduces the Channels panel and the alpha channel, the key to masking and transparency in Photoshop; reviews the selection tools, including the Color Range tool , Quick Mask mode, and the Refine Edge command; and shows how to blend masked images so they interact naturally.

Level: Intermediate
Length: 11h 36m
Released: November 4, 2011
Updated: April 11, 2014

Topics include:
Setting up a workspace
Working with the seven key selection tools
Using the Color Range command
Automating masking
Matching a scene with Smart Filters
Choosing the ideal base channel
Converting a channel to a mask
Painting with the Overlay and Soft Light modes
Using History to regain a lost mask
Working with the Calculations command
Extracting a mask from a Smart Object
Masking and compositing light
Masking with black and white
Working with path outlines
Combining pixel and vector masks
Creating and feathering a vector mask


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