The Beginner's Guide to Masking in Photoshop®

Lesson 1 of 10

Class Introduction

 

The Beginner's Guide to Masking in Photoshop®

Lesson 1 of 10

Class Introduction

 

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Hey, everybody. Good to hang out with you. I'm gonna start with that, for the new people, who are watching us online and purchase the course later, that is me, Jesús Ramirez. My email, you're free to email me and ask me any questions about Photoshop or whatever I teach about in the class. I like to start all my presentations with my latest composite, and that's it right there. It's called "Upside Down," believe it or not. And I used a lot of masking in that, so hopefully some of the techniques that I use here will also benefit you as well. And again, I recently have been showing my very first composite ever in Photoshop, Photoshop seven, just because I want people to see that with practice, you can get better, and, you know, create some cool composites. There's one other thing that I'm gonna show you guys about me which is this composite here that I did. It's the largest composite that I've ever done. It was for Adobe Stock. I was one of five artists who worked on the Make a Masterpiec...

e campaign. We basically took paintings, real-life paintings by old traditional masters whose paintings had been either lost or stolen. My painting was "The Just Judges," and I'll scroll down so that you can see it. And it's the one on the right. The original. The one on the left is the one that I recreated. And the job was to recreate the painting using only Adobe Stock images. That's it; nothing else. In Photoshop, obviously. So I'm gonna scroll back up. And you can see all the Adobe Stock images there. As you can imagine, there was a lot of masking involved in that project, and just for reference, this file was 4.7 gigabytes, over 1500 layers. So quite a large file. And, I quickly want to show you the type of Photoshopping I had to do. I had to convert that vest into that vest because obviously I couldn't find the same angles. You really have to Photoshop it to change, to, to make it look a certain way. For those of you that watch my Blending Modes class, which I recommend you check it out and buy it, I showed a way of how to fake lighting in a scene. So in this case, it makes it look like the light is coming from the right, when it really wasn't. So, I showed how to do that in that class. But anyway, you can see all the masking and Photoshopping I had to do. This towel is that sleeve there. My personal favorite is the cat is the fur lining on their hats. I couldn't really find a good stock photo, so I found the cat. And actually one of the techniques that I used to make that fur, I'm gonna show you here with, not this specific example, but the technique is the same. So, I just wanted to show you guys one of the composites that I've done, and just so you can see, the composite here is being built. And you can see all the masking that went onto it. So it was a lot of work, a lot of time, but working on projects like this really taught me a lot of masking techniques that I'm gonna show you today. I know this is a beginner's class, so I'm gonna start from the beginning. And then we're gonna, one step at a time, move up into more complex selections.

Class Description

If you want complete control over of your retouching, compositing and designing in Photoshop®, you’ve got to know how to mask. The problem is, masking can be a confusing, hard-to-understand process. In this class, Jesus Ramirez will teach you advanced techniques that even beginners can follow to build excellent and editable masks. You’ll learn how to mask and extract objects in Photoshop® with Layer Masks, Clipping Masks, Blend if and more. The skills you learn will help you take your composites and retouching to the next level.

Reviews

Gary Price
 

Probably mistitled as "for beginners" Moves very quickly, sometimes without clearly describing actions taken. This is fast paced and often assumes that the listener is very familiar with photoshop. Good tips if you are already familiar...