Chapter 3: Getting Exact with ­Advanced Masking Techniques

In This Chapter

check.png Creating and editing layer masks

check.png Using vector masks

check.png Working with channel masks

If you haven’t already checked out Book VI, Chapter 2, which covers Photoshop’s quick-and-easy masking tools, you might want to breeze through that chapter first, especially if the word mask brings to mind an image from Halloween rather than a selection technique. In this chapter, I dive into some manual masking techniques.

Layer masks are tremendously useful, and if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself addicted to them. They can be fantastic for blending layers and making multiple images dissolve into one another. Vector masks create shapes defined by vector paths and produce clean, smooth-edged graphic elements.

Channel masks are probably the most time-consuming of the masking lot, but they’re powerful and accurate. Like anything in life, the more you practice using them, the faster and better you get.

After you get through this final chapter of Book VI, you’ll be familiar with every masking technique Photoshop has to offer. By then, you’ll be prepared to use masks to select a very hairy orangutan, dyed green, perched in a tree ...

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