Mask Groups


Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Mask Groups

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can make a group of things that affect an image and make a mask on that group. I'm gonna go ahead and add the same thing that we did before. The curves layer dodge, the curves layer burn. Show you that again, bring this up to make it brighter. Make another curves adjustment layer, I could just duplicate this one by pressing Command or Control + J, and it will duplicate a layer. Call this burn, and then bring this down to about here, to darken this up. One thing about this too with the curves layer dodge and burn. As we talked about, with any curves adjustment layer, as we bring it down it's going to affect the color that's happening there too, the red, the green, the blue. If we make this curves adjustment layer dodge and burn and we don't want it to affect the underlying colors of the image, all we have to do is click on this area here that says normal and change that blend mode to luminosity. Now we're only working with the tones in the image ...

and not working with the color. We've effectively separated the tones from the colors. I click on the dodge, change this down to luminosity. I'll go ahead and turn the burn off for a second, again, I'm gonna press Command or Control + I on this dodge and I'm just gonna start painting around to reveal certain areas underneath the image. I'm just gonna start painting around to reveal some of the dodge that I'm working on here with white. Paint here to make that building a little bit brighter, paint around here, make that a little bit brighter. Again, I'm really just going through here and just painting things in that I want to be a little bit lighter. I want this side to be a little bit lighter of this building, and then on this building, go to the burn, Command or Control + I on that mask to invert it, now I want to reveal that effect, I'll paint with white to dodge or burn that side of the building. Burn a little bit of this, burn a little bit of this, this. Click on the dodge. Dodge around to brighten certain things up. Brighten up this building, brighten up this building, brighten up the sky a little bit. Right now, if we look at this, I've got a dodge, I've got a burn. They're affecting the entire canvas. Each one of them, they're independently affecting the entire canvas. I can put these into their own group. If I click on the top one of burn, click on the bottom one of dodge, press Command or Control + G, it'll put them into a group. When they're in their own group like this, I can rename this curves dodge, I'll just call it D and B. When I open this up, whatever's in this group, when I turn this group on and off, it turns off the preview of that group. Let's say I did something to the image that I didn't necessarily want with that curves dodge and burn. This is where we get another added level of protection by adding a mask to this curve. If I click on this curve and add a mask to it and I click on this mask, I can now brush with black on there to reveal the underlying layer through the curves dodge and burn. I'm painting with black, this is not allowing that curves dodge and burn to affect the underlying image because this mask group right here takes precedence over everything that's happening inside that layer. If we want to see that a little bit better, let's add an adjustment layer in here, like a solid color. Remember that solid color that we like to use is magenta? 255 red, 255 blue. As I look at this group here, anything I paint on this group starts to reveal the underlying area. Notice how I'm not even painting on that magenta layer, right? The group here is the master mask that controls everything that's happening within there even though they have their own independent masks. It's the next level thinking on the mask. You can essentially get two masks out of any layer by just putting it into its own group. You can put a single layer into a group if you want to, you don't necessarily have to use multiple layers into a group, you can put one layer into that group and now you have two masks for the one mask. This happens if you're masking on an image and as you're masking on that layer, you make a mistake, or you like what you did with the mask but you want to see an alternate method for it. Put it into a group, that way you don't have to alter what you did with the mask below and just use that primary mask in the group to reveal what's happening in that bulk or mass between that layer. Right here, we're not actually even doing anything with that color fill layer but as we paint on this group, we're revealing everything that's happening within that group underneath, as we paint with black. Again, if we look at the density of that mask, the density of that mask is not very strong. We could, in turn, go up to image, adjustments, curves or levels and we could darken it down or brighten it up.

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


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
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