Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Masking in Adobe Camera Raw

There is one more area that we didn't really talk about masking yet and that's in Adobe Camera Roll. Adobe Camera Roll has masking and it works a little bit differently than what we would see here in Photoshop. So I'm gonna go and minimize this and open up Adobe Camera Roll with a photograph. Let's go ahead and open up... this one. And we already have stuff on it. So let's go ahead and delete all this. Okay, so Adobe Camera Roll. We can access Adobe Camera Roll by opening up that image into Adobe Camera Roll through bridge. If I right click on this and say "Open in camera roll", it's gonna open up this image in Adobe Camera Roll and allow me to edit it right there in Camera Roll. So, in the basic settings we're not gonna find any of these masks but we will find some of these masks in anything that is a brush, or a gradient, or a radial. There is the ability to protect certain areas in our photograph. And these masks are actually really clever because they incorporate not just what we k...

now of from masking with black and white in our selections in Photoshop. It also allows us to use, kind of like blend if settings right there within those masks. So I'm gonna go ahead and click on the brush tool. So if we look at the brush tool down here you're gonna see and option that says mask. And you're gonna turn that mask on and off and we can look of the color of that mask and what it's gonna be when we turn that mask on and off and also have the ability to auto mask. And this is gonna be your main. Right here, this is gonna be your main section that's going to control that mask. If I were just to brush on this image right now it's going to make the whole image a little bit brighter because my exposure is up. My contrast is up and my highlights are up. I'm gonna go ahead and delete that. But let's go ahead and look at our mask. We'll turn it on so we can see what our mask is gonna look like and we'll click on this color. Again, I'm gonna change this to magenta. I'm also gonna use, I'm just gonna paint at first without using auto mask. So if I paint on here whatever I'm gonna make a little bit brighter using these settings here. As I start to paint you'll see it come up in magenta. You see that? If we look at the mask that we have here and turn that on we can turn it off. And that's showing us exactly where that's affecting We also have the ability to use something called auto mask. Which is pretty clever because you can see here that we have a little bit of over spray that's happening up here on the top area. So if I were to go ahead and turn auto mask on I'll go ahead and delete this. And turn auto mask on and start painting It's going to assess the pixel that'll that I first started that click and that drag with. And it's gonna try and not let anything get selected outside of that. Now if I take this little cursor and go a little bit outside of that there it might start picking up areas that are very similar to the area that I started with. Just click and drag right on these buildings and that will be good there. If I turn this mask off I don't see that magenta color anymore. So I can drop down those shadows, bring up those shadows of just that masked area within those buildings there. Pull this up, pull this down. Now this isn't working the exact same way as masking in Photoshop though. So this is, it is and it isn't. It's allowing you to see this mask when we paint on it. It's allowing us to see the effect that we are putting on that image within that masked area. But it's not using black and white as your principals. Which can sometimes throw you off when you're doing masking within Photoshop. When you're doing masking than Adobe Camera Roll. Now beyond that, we also have something down here called range masking. So I'm gonna go ahead and make a new mask here. Just a whole new brush selection and I'm gonna go ahead and make this a little bit brighter. Drop down those blacks a little bit. And I'm gonna start brushing up here on the top of the sky I wanna be able to see my mask. So I'm gonna just start brushing up here. In this sky area. Let's take a look at the opacity of this mask. We click on this mask. Let's bring the opacity all the way up. When I look at masks in Adobe Camera Roll. I like to ensure I can see exactly where that mask is affecting my image. And when the opacity is all the way down like that it doesn't help me at all. So I'm gonna pull this all the way up. And notice out here the color indicates to whether this is the affected area or the unaffected area. So depending on how you think about masks you can click, if I click unaffected area it's gonna show me the mask for the areas that are not being affected by what I'm about to do. But I like to have that for the affected areas. So I'll go ahead press okay. And I'll paint on here and notice how things are much more bold in that mask and that's exactly how I want to see it. By default Adobe Camera Roll will not be set up this way. You're gonna have to go into those settings and do that. But it will keep those there for the next time you use that mask. Press okay. Well down here there's this thing called range masking. Which is kind of like using that blend if that we used before along side with that mask. It's really clever use of masking. And it's built into Adobe Camera Roll which makes it easy to use in Adobe Camera Roll. Not necessarily as easy to use for us in Photoshop. Now we can use Adobe Camera Roll as a filter. So we can bounce back and forth between it if we need to. And we'll talk about that when we talk about filters. I'm gonna go ahead and click on this range. I'm gonna go ahead and go to illuminance range. And you'll see here that we have a slider that looks almost exactly like the blend if sliders that we had before right? So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and click on the illuminance range here. Bring this up and what that's doing is it's saying that this masked area is no longer going to be affecting those black areas that are in the image that might be there. So if I bring this, you can probably see it a little bit better in the highlights if I bring this down notice how the highlight areas are not being affected by the changes that I've just made with all of the things that are happening above. Changing the smoothness is essentially changing the contrast of that mask just like we looked at before when we change the contrast of the mask using the image settings in Photoshop for that hugh saturation adjustment level that we discussed with changing the colors of the stairs. This is changing the contrast of that mask and what is actually being seen within that mask. Where as this the mask that you're limiting it to. If we bring the contrast up or down we have a harder edge. Here we have a more feathered edge. If I turn that mask preview off we can see the settings that we're having taking place on this image drop this down make it darker. We add a lot more drama to those darker areas. And it's only effecting those darker areas because we're telling it not to affect those highlighted areas. See the difference there? It's much more natural. Much more smooth transition and a great way to use Adobe Camera Roll. This is all relatively new for Photoshop C-C. And it's a great addition to the software. It really changes the way I work in Adobe Camera Roll.

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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

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Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


Bootcamp Introduction
The Bridge Interface
Setting up Bridge
Overview of Bridge
Practical Application of Bridge
Introduction to Raw Editing
Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
Global Tools Part 1
Global Tools Part 2
Local Tools
Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
Toolbars, Menus and Windows
Setup and Interface
Adobe Libraries
Saving Files
Introduction to Cropping
Cropping for Composition in ACR
Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
Cropping for the Subject in Post
Cropping for Print
Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
Introduction to Layers
Vector & Raster Layers Basics
Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Organizing and Managing Layers
Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
Screen and Multiply and Overlay
Soft Light Blend Mode
Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
Introduction to Layer Styles
Practical Application: Layer Tools
Introduction to Masks and Brushes
Brush Basics
Custom Brushes
Brush Mask: Vignettes
Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
Mask Groups
Clipping Masks
Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
Practical Applications: Masks
Introduction to Selections
Basic Selection Tools
The Pen Tool
Masks from Selections
Selecting Subjects and Masking
Color Range Mask
Luminosity Masks Basics
Introduction to Cleanup Tools
Adobe Camera Raw
Healing and Spot Healing Brush
The Clone Stamp Tool
The Patch Tool
Content Aware Move Tool
Content Aware Fill
Custom Cleanup Selections
Introduction to Shapes and Text
Text Basics
Shape Basics
Adding Text to Pictures
Custom Water Marks
Introduction to Smart Objects
Smart Object Basics
Smart Objects and Filters
Smart Objects and Image Transformation
Smart Objects and Album Layouts
Smart Objects and Composites
Introduction to Image Transforming
ACR and Lens Correction
Photoshop and Lens Correction
The Warp Tool
Perspective Transformations
Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
Making Your First Action
Modifying Actions After You Record Them
Adding Stops to Actions
Conditional Actions
Actions that Communicate
Introduction to Filters
ACR as a Filter
Helpful Artistic Filters
Helpful Practical Filters
Sharpening with Filters
Rendering Trees
The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
Introduction to Editing Video
Timeline for Video
Cropping Video
Adjustment Layers and Video
Building Lookup Tables
Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
ACR to Edit Video
Animated Gifs
Introduction to Creative Effects
Black, White, and Monochrome
Matte and Cinematic Effects
Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
Glow and Haze
Introduction to Natural Retouching
Brightening Teeth
Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
Advanced Clean Up Techniques
Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
Portrait Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
Landscape Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
Composite Workflow Techniques
Landscape Composite Projects
Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


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