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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques by Dan Ablan, Ben Willmore

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Choosing the Right Masking Tool

The key to getting good at masking is to be familiar with as many masking tools as possible, with a good grasp of each tool’s intended purpose, so you can choose the right tool for the job at hand. Let’s take a brief look at what’s available, and then we’ll dig deeper and explore each feature in depth:

  • Background Eraser: Best for crisp-edged objects that have a noticeable difference in color or brightness from the surrounding background. With this tool, you have to paint around the edges of objects to tell Photoshop which areas should be deleted, and Photoshop will try to figure out what should be kept.

  • Blending sliders: A quick-and-dirty way to isolate objects that are radically different in brightness from their ...

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