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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 39 of 118

Mask Groups


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 39 of 118

Mask Groups


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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:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • 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.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


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


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!