February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

Tips & Tricks to Master Masks In Photoshop | Dave Cross


If you are starting with the Channels panel to make a selection, this can be a very useful trick. First choose the channel that will give you the best start towards the mask and then duplicate that channel. In order to get whiter whites and blacker blacks, you could paint with black and white in Overlay mode (see tip 8) but that could be time-consuming. Instead, select all, copy and paste. Then go to the Edit menu and choose Fade. In the Fade dialog change the Mode to Overlay. You can repeat that operation more than once if necessary, or you can use this method on an existing mask.

Masks are one of the most powerful functions in Photoshop, giving you the perfect combination of accuracy, flexibility and creativity. Take advantage of these tips to help you make masks a key part of your Photoshop workflow.

For over 30 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught for Adobe, at Photoshop World, the Texas School of Photography, ShutterFest, Adobe MAX, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. In 2009, Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and in 2016, 2017 and 2019 was named an Adobe MAX Master Instructor. website: online.davecrossworkshops.com instagram: @psguydavecross

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