Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

Lesson 33/118 - Introduction to Masks and Brushes

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

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Introduction to Masks and Brushes

Next to layers, and layer tools, and all the layer properties that we've already discussed before, these can be one of the most tricky things to wrap your head around. Because you've got this layer that's now, kind of visible but invisible on top of everything else but now it's got thing other thing attached to it that allows it to also change the properties of that layer as well. So layer masks, what are they? Well we talked about the apps, the different apps that we have for our cell phone of a layer yesterday in layers. So we think of our layer as cell phone, at the root it makes a phone call, our layer, at its root, is just a layer within that layers palette. But its got different applications in it that allow it to do different things just like a phone becomes better than just making phone calls. So if we think about this in terms of that analogy of this, of the cell phone and the layer, this will be our fourth app that that layer has. And those four apps, those other apps we've t...

alked about in the layers were of course the opacity and fill, blend modes, and blend diff, well now we have the fourth app which will be the layer mask. A layer mask is nothing more than a temporary state that allows you to see what layers are underneath it. It's exactly like a party mask. So if you think about a party mask, let's just take a little look here. This plate by itself is just a plate, essentially, with a sunflower drawn on it, right? You see that black opening right there. Basically, what layer masks allow us to do is take whatever is black on that mask, so we can see what's underneath it. So then this sunflower, on a regular white piece of paper, if we think of this white sheet as a layer with data on it, or pixel data on it, we now remove that black area temporarily, and we essentially have a nice little sunflower party mask. And you can either see or not see what you want underneath that. It reveals what's under that mask, whether you wanna see my pretty face in the sunflower or not. Now, as silly as that might sound, you 're never gonna forget that when it comes to masking now because if you ever want to reveal what's underneath that area, all you have to do is think about using the brush and using black to reveal that area. So I need you to think like a sculptor here. This is a process, there's the additive process that's building with clay, and there's a subtractive process that will be chiseling out a stone. So if you think like a sculptor, this would be the subtractive process. The additive process within your layer stack is building up a series of layers, that's an additive process. The subtractive process is masking the layers. So if any one of those layers that you're adding onto that layer stack has something that you don't want, you can very easily remove it without deleting that area. If you also notice that when we set up our tools we didn't use the eraser tool. You would think, well why wouldn't we just use an eraser on this? Well you don't wanna use an eraser because the eraser will delete those pixels and they're gone. As I said before, masks are basically a temporary state change for that layer that can be easily changed by using black or white to make it either go away or come back. Layer mask basics here, we've got the layer masks you'll always find next to a layer. So if you don't have a layer mask there, there's the ability to add a layer mask there. We can make it so that all of our adjustment layers that come into Photoshop come in with a layer mask, and they can be linked to any type of layer. So as we talked aboutthe different types of layers, with Rasterized layers, Vector-based layers, and adjustment layers, every one of those layers can also have a mask on it. So it doesn't matter what type of layer it is that you're working with, they can all have masks. They can be applied to a group as well. So we talked about grouping our layers. So imagine you have a bunch of layers that also have masks on them, you can group them together and make a big primary mask for all of those layers that have masks or any properties inside that group. The thing here to remember is as I teach you Photoshop and I'm teaching you layers, I'm teaching you to work and think of that top layer as being the primary layer that dictates basically what's happening below it. So a mask, if you paint with black, it will reveal any of those underlying layers from the current effect that's on that top layer. So always be thinking about, not necessarily how is this layer here interacting with the top layers, but how is this top layer interacting with the layers below it. So we'll go ahead and jump into Photoshop at this point and I'll show you, before we even begin talking about masking, we have to talk about the brush. Because we haven't talked about the brush in Photoshop yet, and the brush is what's going to control a lot of the things we do with masking.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018

Lessons

1Bootcamp Introduction 2The Bridge Interface 3Setting up Bridge 4Overview of Bridge 5Practical Application of Bridge 6Introduction to Raw Editing 7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface 8Global Tools Part 1 9Global Tools Part 2 10Local Tools 11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface 12Toolbars, Menus and Windows 13Setup and Interface 14Adobe Libraries 15Saving Files 16Introduction to Cropping 17Cropping for Composition in ACR 18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop 19Cropping for the Subject in Post 20Cropping for Print 21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop 22Introduction to Layers 23Vector & Raster Layers Basics 24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop 25Organizing and Managing Layers 26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes 27Screen and Multiply and Overlay 28Soft Light Blend Mode 29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes 30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes 31Introduction to Layer Styles 32Practical Application: Layer Tools 33Introduction to Masks and Brushes 34Brush Basics 35Custom Brushes 36Brush Mask: Vignettes 37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn 38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation 39Mask Groups 40Clipping Masks 41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw 42Practical Applications: Masks 43Introduction to Selections 44Basic Selection Tools 45The Pen Tool 46Masks from Selections 47Selecting Subjects and Masking 48Color Range Mask 49Luminosity Masks Basics 50Introduction to Cleanup Tools 51Adobe Camera Raw 52Healing and Spot Healing Brush 53The Clone Stamp Tool 54The Patch Tool 55Content Aware Move Tool 56Content Aware Fill 57Custom Cleanup Selections 58Introduction to Shapes and Text 59Text Basics 60Shape Basics 61Adding Text to Pictures 62Custom Water Marks 63Introduction to Smart Objects 64Smart Object Basics 65Smart Objects and Filters 66Smart Objects and Image Transformation 67Smart Objects and Album Layouts 68Smart Objects and Composites 69Introduction to Image Transforming 70ACR and Lens Correction 71Photoshop and Lens Correction 72The Warp Tool 73Perspective Transformations 74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop 75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface 76Making Your First Action 77Modifying Actions After You Record Them 78Adding Stops to Actions 79Conditional Actions 80Actions that Communicate 81Introduction to Filters 82ACR as a Filter 83Helpful Artistic Filters 84Helpful Practical Filters 85Sharpening with Filters 86Rendering Trees 87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters 88Introduction to Editing Video 89Timeline for Video 90Cropping Video 91Adjustment Layers and Video 92Building Lookup Tables 93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type 94ACR to Edit Video 95Animated Gifs 96Introduction to Creative Effects 97Black, White, and Monochrome 98Matte and Cinematic Effects 99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades 100Gradients 101Glow and Haze 102Introduction to Natural Retouching 103Brightening Teeth 104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool 105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes 106Advanced Clean Up Techniques 107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization 108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits 109Portrait Workflow Techniques 110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization 111Landscape Workflow Techniques 112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge 113Composite Workflow Techniques 114Landscape Composite Projects 115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace 116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos 117Bonus: The Mask (Extras) 118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR

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a Creativelive Student
 

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Esther Gambrell
 

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!

Sonya Messier
 

I'm been using Bridge, Adobe Raw and Photoshop for 12 years. I thought I knew those programs until I started to follow Blake and do this Photoshop CC Bootcamp. This course is AMAZING. I love the way Blake teach, brakes down concepts and tools... excellent teaching qualities! I'm half way in this course and I change all my workflow already. Much better results and better use of what Adobe offer me. This course is an investment! When I will be done, I will listen it again. Great job and congratulations on your success Blake!