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Smart Masking in Photoshop - How to Combine Masks

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Editing images in Photoshop involves a lot of masking. For example, you'll have to create layer masks for adjustments that you want to confine to a specific region of your image. Creating those masks can be a long and tedious process. In this video, I'll be showing you how to build on the masks that you already have in your Photoshop project to create a new mask for other areas very quickly. This can really speed up your Photoshop work and lets you spend more time on the fun part.
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How to Create a Perfect Selection of Clouds in Photoshop

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Creating a perfect selection of clouds in Photoshop can be a real challenge. They're fuzzy and have no well defined edge in most cases. How do you create a good selection (or layer mask) in this case, for example, in order to process the blue sky and the white clouds differently? In this video tutorial, I'll show you a technique for achieving this. We will use Photoshop's Channels panel to create a base mask. Then I will use the Brush tool in overlay mode to work on the mask and make the blue sky parts darker and the clouds brighter. Bit by bit, we will get a perfect mask that allows us to apply selective editing to the sky.
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How to Create a Perfect Sky Selection in Photoshop

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In landscape photography, you often need to process the sky separately from the rest of your image, for example to give it more color and definition. But selecting the sky in a complex scene can be really difficult. You have to deal with all kinds of objects that you need to exclude, like trees that create extremely complex shapes. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to create a perfect selection of the sky in these situations using Photoshop's Channels palette.
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Free-hand Blending in Photoshop

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Blending selective adjustments into an image in Photoshop is one of the key skills you need to master. But what are the tools and techniques you need to really control the area and the intensity of an adjustment you blend in? In this video tutorial, I am going to show you a simple and yet powerful technique to gently blend in any adjustment layer and give it just the right strength. I am going to use a Quick Selection and the Brush tool to brush in a Curves layer in a very controlled way.
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How to Refine Photoshop Layer Masks with an Overlay Brush

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There are a thousand ways to create a layer mask in Photoshop. Many of them will yield a gray-scale mask with many shades of gray, and it can be a bit difficult to get the contrast of such a mask just right so that you have solid black where you want to hide the layer and solid white where you want to reveal it. In this excerpt from my Mask It Like a Pro! video course, I will show a neat little trick that allows you to get the perfect mask in such cases. I am using the Brush tool with Black and White as the color. The trick here is to set the mode of the brush to Overlay.
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Non-Destructive Layer Masking in Photoshop

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Non-destructive editing techniques are vitally important in Photoshop to ensure maximum flexibility and efficiency. If you edit your images destructively (altering the actual pixels), you cannot go back, and you cannot change your edits individually in case they do not play out the way you planned them. Consequently, there are a lot of tools in Photoshop that allow you to edit your images none-destructively. But what about the layer masks you create? Do they allow non-destructive editing too? Sometimes, creating these masks for certain areas takes longer than the actual adjustments. Unfortunately, Photoshop does not provide any dedicated means for editing these masks non-destructively too. In the video below, however, I will show you a simple technique for combining two or more masks while retaining each of them so that you can edit them later if you need to.
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4 Essential layer masking tools in Photoshop

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Layer masking is one of the most essential skills when you are using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. In this article, I will give you an overview of the most important tools that Photoshop provides for creating layer masks. I will quickly run you through the basics of layer masks before we go on to the more advanced techniques like channel masks and paths. This will give you a set of tools that you can use in many different situations.