Painting Selections with QuickMasks
The next thing we're going to talk about is quick mask okay so it wasn't gobs of different ways to make selections and photo shot we're only looking at a few of them were looking at once that I think they're the most practical I'm gonna go ahead and pop open our new sheriff in town and that is a happy happy cowgirl so if you look in the layers paying a let's see what we've got going on over here you're going to see that in her original image there is no sheriff's badge okay the sheriff's badge lives on its own layer right here and it's got a layer mask which means that that badge must have had some kind of background before I got ahold of it so that's what we're going to create small closed this image and open up the originals I'll open up I stock badge and I stock heavy cowgirl and dragged those into my photo shop work space and because I do have the application frame turned on my documents show up his tabs so I'm gonna click the badge tab and we're going tio mask the white background...
okay saul zoom in just a little bit here so if the area we want tio select is predominantly why we could have a go with magic line we could have a go with ae quick selection tool okay let's say that we started out with a quick selection tool and we created a selection of our badge, or we could select the white either way you want to go, but let's say, for the sake of argument that we couldn't get a perfect selection with this quick selection tool or anything else that we used. Ok, so since the only thing I have left to select is this whole area right here, I want to show you how you can use the quick mask mode to paint on your selection, which we did a little bit yesterday with content, aware scale. So I'm just going to drive the point home a little bit more because you have so many different ways that you can find in this election. The thing you want to do is you want to start out with the tool that's going to get you the farthest first, ok, do you want to do as little hand fine tuning of your selection as you have to you? So let's say that I wasn't able to get this little round part of the badge selected with any other tool that is a perfect opportunity to pop into what's called quick mask mode, and you can do it in one of two ways you can press the cuchi for quick mask or you can press this little button that lives at the bottom of your tools panel okay, that isthe quick mask mode while you're in quick mask mode, you can have it do one of two things you can have if you use the paintbrush set to paint with black you can have that mark the areas you're selecting we'll zoom in a little bit so you can see so I have activated the brush tool and I've got black is my foreground colored ship and as I paint over here on that area that let's say I couldn't get selected in any other way that red overlay is marking the area that is going to be included in my selection now depending upon the way you have your system set up your painting in clip mass mode maybe marking the opposite so you can double click the quick mask icon and I have my set up to say ok that red overlay indicates the selected area so it doesn't matter which one of those you use you just need to know in your mind which way you have it set up because that determines what you paint across I like to keep it set to the red overlay indicates the area that's included in my selection that way the red is marking what selected ok and again the way you get to that dialogue is you double click the quick mask icon and you could even change that red overlay if you want you could click this red color swatch right here color picker opened up maybe you want your overlay in blue, you can change that. I like keeping it sent to read, and you can also change the opacity of the overlay itself, so we'll go ahead and leave that as it is so painting with black, we'll add the overlay if you've changed yours or actually we'll add the overlay no matter what, but it just depends on what part is selected and once not so I could pretty quickly go in here with a regular old brush tool and I could find tune my selection now let's say that I paint a little bit too much I paint across an area that I don't want included in my selection. If I popped back out a quick mask mode by pressing the cuchi again or by pressing that button at the bottom, the tools panel, I can see that shoot that damn it! I didn't mean to get that in this election to have to start over heck, no pop back in the quick mask mode by pressing q or by pressing this button down here, and if black marks the area with the red overlay, you can switch to paint with white by pressing the ex key, and you can delete that area from your selection. So you're not stuck with onley using photo shop selection tools to create a selection you can hand paint them get as far as you can with the selection tools and then go in and fine tune it and quick mask mode if you're a fine artist this may feel better to you then using any of photo shops selection tools so since I'm zoomed in here I can see just a couple of areas that didn't get in my selection and again if you get a little bit too far outside the item that you're trying tio draw the selection around you can switch to painting with white ok when the whole item that you want selected his red I see a little piece over here someone switched back to painting with black and I want to include in my selection there we go so now when I press cute exit quick mask mode I have a really good selection of my badge okay so now I've got a couple of different choices the way I could handle this I could copy this item to my clipboard go to the other document and paste that wouldn't give me any flexibility in case the mask I'm about to create isn't perfect okay so what I want to do is go ahead and add a layer mask to this document and then we're going to drag this layer into our other open document that has the cowgirl in it if you try to add a layer mask like we found out yesterday or do much of anything to a locked background layer photo topple squatty so if I try to click the layer mass button I get a circle within a square it won't it's great at it won't even let me do it so I have to double click to make that layer editable and now I can come down here and add my layer mask ok and again if it did the opposite of what you wanted just open the masks panel and click invert so now I need tio see both documents at the same time both open windows so I'm going to use the arrange documents icon in my application bar at the very top of the screen to go ahead and give that a click and you want to choose the two up preview photo shop arranges you're set up so the sea both documents you want to click to activate the document or bring that document in focus that has the layer that you want to drag to the other document okay, so that's going on right now I can see my badge layer so I'm going to click and drag from the layer thumbnail and do get into the habit of grabbing them by their layer thumbnails and pulling into that other document now I'm finished with my bash I'm gonna go ahead and click to close it first stop's gonna ask me if I want to save it since I did make some changes and else they don't save. So now we have a honking big badge in a really small cowgirl, so we need to summon our good friend free transform to make that badge smaller, so press command or control t and here again, we can't see our re sizing handles, so we're going to use our fit on screen command, which is command zero or control zero on a pc photoshopped resize is the window just enough for you? Concede all four corner handles? You want to hold down the shift key to keep the badge from getting somebody say it? That was really lame. I will give you another opportunity. We're going to hold down the shift key to keep the badge from getting sloppy job thank you. Can it gets a gold star? You want to go bad? Okay, so I'm still holding the shift key and dragging diagonally inward and then releasing my shift key and I want to place the bad and clicking within the transformed box and dragging it to the area where I wanted to end up being and I'll zoom into so I can see and that just helps me size it appropriately if I put it in roughly the spot where it's going to end up being impressed return when you're finished if you wanted to add another level of realism to this collage you could tack on the obligatory drop shadow one of my really good friends scott kelby fabulous author known him for years I was in one of hiss I saw him teach one of the first times ever and he said in his class and nearly made me fall out of my chair laughing he said because when you attack we have to tack on a drop shadow if you can you have two so he started calling the obligatory drop shadow and he said to the class that any time you add a drop shadow you khun tack on seventy five more dollars to your bill for each drop shadow and it distract everybody up now always remember that so every time I see drop shadow I think it's scott and I think seventy five more dollars so really click drop shadow that brings up our layer style dialogue and you can tweak these items the's sliders if you'd want and like I showed you earlier don't mess with that angle or degree field unless you just know what you want you can mouse over to the document and dragged that shadow around so we can add just a little bit of a drop shadow because it wouldn't be sitting flush up against her shirt and then we can press ok so let me open up that badge one more time so again, what we did real quick was we started out with a selection of something okay, either the background or the badge itself, and we just said, for the sake of argument here, that we could not get a really good, perfect selection, and if you get into a situation like that, it's super easy to pop into quick mask mode to find tune with the brush tool, the part that you cannot get any other way now, yes, we could get it, because I know we'll get those questions. Yes, we could get that little round part of the badge with this tool if we wanted, but let's just say that we can't was popping the quick mask mode by pressing q and now we're going to grab the regular brush tool by pressing b and with black is your foreground color chip. You can come in and you can hand paint the area that you cannot get selected any other way, and if you mess up and you paint across too large of an area that you don't want to include in your selection, you simply press the ex key to flip flop your color chips so that you're painting with why and you can come back in and fine tune that area ah, press x again to get the's little pieces down here, and you will definitely want tio change brush size as your painting across the smaller areas the smaller the brush for using a soft bed brush the smaller the blur will be on the edges if you were to use a really big brush and try to paint just that edge she how the red is bleeding out a little bit so you want to use a smaller brush, so use that left bracket key trick to paint along the edges and that just keeps that soft bridge that soft brush from bleeding out that red overlay onto your image, which would then be encompassed in your selection. You don't want that, so to pop back out of quick mass mode, we're going to press the cuchi we've got our selection now we need to double click the layer to make it editable so that we can add a layer mask otherwise photo shop won't let you and now we'll click the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Now we're going to use our arrange documents icon in the application bar at the top of your screen and we're going to choose the two up preview so that we can see both open documents at the same time now with the badge layer badge document rather in focus or active, we can see it in the layers panel and you're simply going to click the layer thumbnail and drag it out into the window that you wanted to be added teo. And notice how there's a little dark outline that happens on the window as I have drag so soon as you see that outline, you know that you are dragging or that you have, you know, reached your target destination, and from that point I'll go and go back to single image view. You can summon free, transform press command or control zero so that you can see all four corners and you can resize the sky. And you can add the option key or all tv on a pc if you want, so that you're re sizing all four corners at once and then click and drag within the badge to drag it into place and I'll use my zune tool. Remember, your zoom tools are completely active and will work while you've got abounding box from free transform going on. So we're just going toe ad this one to her hat. Hoops grabbed the move tools cute that over there we go and that's all there is to that.
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