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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking > Masking in Photoshop

Masking in Photoshop

Masks are used for many different types of artwork in Photoshop. Artists who create composite images use masks to select, copy, and reposition parts of whole images. Artists who retouch photos or create paintings use masks to isolate certain areas and apply color, filters, or effects to them.

The most time-consuming and difficult part of masking in Photoshop is creating an accurate mask for a complex or highly textured shape. One of the best ways to create a mask is to use the information that already exists in the channels. Often, duplicating a channel and using it as a base gives you much of the edge information without ever using a selection tool. Mask-making almost always involves some painting and retouching, but much of the initial work can be automated.

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