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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 26 of 118

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 26 of 118

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool


Lesson Info

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool

this time we're jumping in and talking about layer masks. Layer mass are a feature that I used pretty much every single damn in Photoshop. If you use layers, you also want to definitely get good at using layer masks. A layer mask is a way to non permanently hide a portion of a layer so you can easily bring it back at any time. And therefore you can experiment with your layers without having any kind of concern for is what you're doing permanent. Where could you easily get it back? So let's jump into photo shop and start working with layer masks. I I have this image. I would like to remove the background on it, so I just have the letter P. There are many different ways I can select this. I'm gonna try to do what I think might be quickest. So I'll go to the select menu and I'm gonna tell it to just select the subject of this photograph. I didn't make a perfect selection, so I will go to an additional selection tool in this case. I'm gonna come in in use one known as the object selection ...

tool. That's a relatively new one in Photoshopped and I want to take away the area in the lower right that contains orange to take away from a selection. You can either go to your options bar up here and click on this icon, which would take away. Or you can hold down the option key. And if you do, it will temporarily turn on that icon. And I'm just going to drag around the area that I want to remove from the selection that hoping that it will do an OK job. I'm also gonna remove this center orange portions hold down again. The option key Ultima windows to take away. I will draw around that portion. It looks like I have adduced a little bit more while holding down the option key. Oops. No, I want to add that part. So I know what you have told. Shift. All right. Was thinking, uh, wrong there and I need to get rid of this little portion. So let's indicate that we don't want those areas. All right, so I think I have an okay selection here. I just needed some sort of selection to get started with. And now what I'm gonna do is convert that selection into a layer mask. In my layers panel, you'll see the layer that the images contained on and at the bottom of the layers panel. You see an icon that looks like a rectangle with a circle inside of it. That's the layer mask icon. If you have a selection active at the time you click on that, then Onley. The areas that are currently selected will remain visible in everything it wasn't selected should become hidden the moment I click on the icon, the selection that I had disappeared because it got converted into a layer mask. So now let's look in our layers panel in there. You can see that we still have the full orange background on that letter. But now attached to the layer is this. And that is our layer mask in a layer mask. Any area that is white allows the image to show up. Is it usually would. In any area that's black will hide the layer when you have a layer mask attached to a layer. Then when you grab the paint brush tool Photoshopped needs to determine should the paint appear in the layer mask and therefore control where this layer appears, Or should you just be putting paint on the image itself layer? And it tells that by looking at which one is highlighted, you see, the four corners of layer mask are currently highlighted. If I click over here, the highlighting moves click over there. Now. The mask is active, so you have to pay attention to that anytime you're working with a layer that contains layer mask. Now, if I grab my paintbrush tool and I paint with black, any area that I paint on is going to become hidden because in a layer mask, black hides things. So if I painted the moment, you'll see it goes away. If, on the other hand, I switched and I paint with white white in a layer mask shows thing. So if I paint, I can now make various visible once again. And so it's a matter of switching back and forth between black and white and painting where you need to to control where a layer is visible. So let's end up using layer mass on a bunch of projects. Toe learn when they're really useful

Class Description

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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