Beginner's Guide to Photoshop Quick Mask

By: ClotildeCalderon | Posted: 24th October 2011

The recently introduced Photoshop CS5 has all the editing tools that can help even an apprentice. For a new comer, the best thing would be to first scroll through the entire apparatus and its offerings. Once familiarized with the structure, it begins to reveal its magic to the user. Take a look at the panels and palette. This will help build the confidence and stack the images that need to be worked on. It is like creating a space 'up and around,' like a preparation ground. While it is easy for the apprentice to get overwhelmed with the number of tools that can be used for editing, the need of masking can be a spoiler. It takes time to adjust to this technique. It can be mastered over a period of time with different projects. One can then learn the basics, quick masking for layer adjustment or for clipping path. Depending on the image that lands up on the editing table the designer can manipulate which masks will be useful.

What is Quick Mask?

Certainly it does not happen in a jiffy nor does it conjure the final image as espresso coffee. It is actually a method whereby the editor needs to select the subject, which needs to be actually masked. It is not intended to conceal or overtly expose any aspect of the image in particular. This tool is usually used when difficulty arises in using the lasso or marquee.

Take a shortcut on the keyboard and press "Q" to start the project. Black color can be used for the foreground for the painting. Since painting is going to be used, the brushes of varying hardness and thickness can be selected also. The image area that needs masking can be brushed up. It can either be isolated completely or the rough edges can be refined later. When "Q" is pressed again the area looks selected (notice the marching ants). Copy, cut and paste where every required. The recipe was simple and quick.

The quick mask is applied in conjunction with the clipping mask. The clipping mask is fluid like water and can take the shape of any object in the image. It can be applied to a text also to create effect. The quick mask can be likened to a digital mask tape. It brings together areas, which are selected and not selected when editing is being done. This is one way to ensure that while one part of the image is being changed the rest remain the same. With the change of opacity of edges also one is able to produce clearer and sharper pictures. This is a great way for the new comers to get introduced to the Photoshop features and work confidently. There are many clients who are looking for affordable photo editing services.

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