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    Senior Member jlgosse's Avatar
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    I FINALLY just learned how masking works, it was one of the boggling problems I have had ever since I started using PS.

    Anyway, this is going to help me, but does anyone know a good idea I can work with to practice masking? For instance, a situation where masking would/may be needed, to help me figure out how it works, and get some hands on experience with it.

    I really have no idea of how I could use it.

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    Masks can be used in conjunction with the majority of other Photoshop functions to add a sometimes mind-numbing amount of control over the images you create/edit.

    A few quick examples:
    A few posts down in this forum masks were discusssed being used to smoothly fade an element from opaque to to transparent. That's a popular use.

    Perhaps the most widely useful function of masks is to extract a piece of an image from its background in order to add it to another composition, like, say, placing a kitten into the voracious jaws of an alligator. (I'm kidding of course - everyone knows alligators prefer puppies.)

    Say you have a photo where the model's shirt is green but your boss would prefer it to be, say, cornflower blue. You would add an adjustment layer (if you haven't gotten to adjustment layers, you will - they're terribly useful as well - here it's used to change the color of your image - they're great because you can always change your mind and tweek the colors or delete the adj layer completely and your original image remains unharmed underneath) and mask out everything but the shirt - you only want to change the shirt's green to blue, not the green plants behind the model.

    Basically, masks are good for covering up anything you wish when there is the chance you'll want to either uncover them later or alter exactly what's covered - as masks always remain editable until you flatten it to the layer it's masking.

    These are just a couple of things off the top of my head. If you have more specific questions, I'd be happy to attempt to help, if I have the knowledge.

    best,
    Christopher

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    I actually learned about adjustment layers yesterday too!

    Thanks for the info!



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