Photoshop masking isn't easy, in fact, the elusive alpha channel has been described as the least understood feature in Photoshop's enormous arsenal. But developing your masking skills is a sure fire way to instantly improve your Photoshop abilities. In this video from Lesson 1 of Photoshop CS4 Channels & Mask One-on-One, Photoshop Guru Deke McClelland gives you a tour of the Channels palette in Photoshop. Although CS4 gives us a new Masks palette, the Channels palette is truly command central for your masking operations. Learn what information hides here, how Photoshop creates color composites from what appears to be black and white information, and how to navigate your way around this handy tool.

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Deke McClelland's video series, dekePod

Derrick Story's Photoshop CS4 screencast series

Deke McClelland's website,