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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 17 of 118

Quick Mask Mode


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 17 of 118

Quick Mask Mode


Lesson Info

Quick Mask Mode

so I want to show you another way of thinking about your selection in. That is something called quick mask mode. If you look in your tools panel just below your foreground and background colors, which are these two icons is this, and that is quick mask mode. If you hover over it, it should eventually tell you that that it means quick mask. And it should also tell you a keyboard shortcut, which is just typing a letter. Q. Don't type command Q or Control. Q. Because that quits Photoshopped, this is Q. All by itself, you use quick mask mode primarily when you have a selection on your screen and you want to view it differently. It's called Quick Mask. Do you remember when I I kind of mentioned masks? I said, It's a different way of looking at a selection where, instead of seeing it looking like marching ants, you see it looking like usually a black and white picture where white indicates what selected Black indicates what's not, and that's gonna do it for us. But instead of showing is blac...

k and white, it's gonna show it as an overlay. Let me show you. I'm gonna type the letter Q. And watch what happens to this selection. You no longer see the marching ants on the edge and the area that's not selected get covered with red. That made a temporary a mask. A mask just means viewing a selection in a different way. When I showed you the concept of a mask at the beginning of this session, I think I went to the channels panel to show it to you. Well, let's go look there. You don't have to know that this is happening there. But just so you know, if I go to the channels panel Oh, usually it shows it. They changed. It usually would show a channel down there called quick mask mode. Surprise. It doesn't. No, it doesn't. Well, it used to show it here in the channels panel where you could actually see that it is a behind the scenes. It's using something called channels. You know, what's happening is my interface isn't updating. Let me see if I can get it to their e. I just had to resize it. I'm having a screen redraw issue. Um, so anyway, in channels there, this go quick mask, It does the exact same thing I did earlier to get it to show up here. Which means that it went to the select menu it chose save selection and it gave it the name quick mask and it put it there, and it just overlaying this on the main image. But you don't have to know that it's just nice for some of you to know that it relates All right, so quick mask mode. It's a way of viewing a selection where you see it as a red overlay. But what's nice about it is you can use any tool that would work on a grayscale picture any tool that will work on a black and white image that means painting tools, filters, adjustments, anything you can paste a picture in whatever. So let's see how we can use this if I use my paint brush tool. And right now I'm painting with black because my foreground color is black. Over here in this part of my screen, I'm gonna paint just some stripes in here. Diagonal little lines actually get out larger brush. OK, now I'm gonna turn off quick mask mode by typing the letter Q or clicking the quick mask icon that has found near the bottom of my tools pounds when I type of letter. Q. I just modified that selection because when you're in quick mask mode, any area that is covered with red is not selected. And so if I typed letter Q to go back to quick mask mode by painting like I did, uh, I'm in effect changing that selection. And so I'm gonna choose undo a few times because I didn't need to do this. And if you need multiple undoes, you go to the window menu and there's a choice within it called History. It a list. Everything you've done to your picture having a weird screen re dry. She, though there and I can just click on the step that is above the word brush tool. That means go back so as if I never painted. All right, let's zoom up here. And so I could look closely at this edge and see isn't inaccurate anywhere. And if it is inaccurate, I could paint maybe a little bit right there, And if I want to get rid of the red stuff, then I need a paint with white so I'm gonna go down here and I see this is black. If I want to switch these two, this little double arrow would do it for me. And now I'm painting with white, and I might just fine tune that little speck wherever it was inaccurate. I just typed command zero to zoom out to see no controls their own windows. When you're done using quick mass mo just type letter Q. Again, you're back to your selection, So it could be a very nice way of previewing a selection and then modifying it by using a paintbrush.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • 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


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


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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