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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking > Using the masked image

Using the masked image

Now that you’ve created and saved a mask, you can use it over and over again in other images. You’ll drag a copy of the image into another file, transform it, change its color, and duplicate it several times.

1.
With the RGB channel selected in the Channels palette, load the mask as a selection by Ctrl/Command-clicking the Leaf Mask name in the palette.

2.
Select the move tool in the toolbox, and position the image windows so that you can see both the Leaf and Jardin images.

3.
Using the move tool, drag the leaf selection onto the Jardin image. You’ll use this selection to create the flower pot at the bottom of the leaves.

4.
Click the Layers palette tab to display the Layers palette. Notice that the leaf automatically has been named Layer 1.

5.
Choose Layer Properties from the Layers palette menu, and change the layer name to Flower pot. Click OK.

6.
With the layer still selected, choose Edit > Free Transform.

7.
Shift-drag the leaf to rotate it 180°. Then Shift-drag to reduce the size of the leaf by about half. Move the leaf into position at the bottom of the three leaves. When the size, position, and rotation match the following illustration, press Enter or Return.

Rotating, scaling, and repositioning the leaf

Now you’ll colorize the leaf a golden hue using an adjustment layer.

8.
Alt/Option-click the New Fill or Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Choose Hue/Saturation from the pop-up menu.

9.
In the New Layer dialog box, select Group With Previous Layer and click OK.

10.
In the Hue/Saturation dialog box, select Colorize, and enter 54 for Hue, 79 for Saturation, and 12 for Lightness. Click OK.

Creating adjustment layer and colorizing it with Hue/Saturation command

11.
With the Hue/Saturation layer still selected, choose Merge Down from the Layers palette menu.

12.
Alt/Option-drag the Flower Pot layer to the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. This action copies the layer and displays the Layer Options dialog box. Name the new layer Blossom, and click OK.

You’ll use this copy to start creating the three red blossoms at the leaf tips.

13.
In the image, use the move tool to drag the Blossom artwork to the top of one of the three leaves.

Using the move tool to drag the Blossom artwork

14.
With the layer still selected, choose Edit > Free Transform (press Ctrl/Command+T). Rotate and scale the leaf until it matches the following illustration. If desired, distort the leaf. Then press Enter or Return.

You’ll duplicate the layer several more times, coloring and transforming it.

15.
Alt/Option-click the New Fill or Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Choose Hue/Saturation from the pop-up menu. In the New Layer dialog box, select Group With Previous Layer and click OK.

16.
In the Hue/Saturation dialog box, enter -55 for Hue, +30 for Saturation, and 0 for Lightness. Click OK.

Leaf “blossom” colorized using Hue/Saturation command

17.
With the Hue/Saturation layer still selected, choose Merge Down from the Layers palette menu.

18.
Make the next blossom:

  • Use the move tool and Alt/Option-drag the blossom to the top of the center leaf to move a copy of the blossom. Release the mouse first, and then the Alt/Option key.

  • With the duplicate layer selected, press Ctrl/Command+T. Rotate and distort the leaf until it matches the following illustration; then press Enter or Return.

19.
Repeat step 18 to create the right blossom.

20.
Select the last blossom layer (it should be named Blossom Copy 2), and choose Merge Down from the Layers palette menu.

21.
With the last blossom layer selected (now Blossom Copy), choose Merge Down from the Layers palette pop-up menu. All three blossoms are now on the Blossom layer.

Blossoms merged onto Blossom layer

To complete the composition, you’ll add a drop shadow to the blossoms.

22.
In the Layers palette, double-click the Blossom layer name to open the Layer Style dialog box. Select the Drop Shadow style and click OK.

23.
In the Layers palette, move the Blossom layer into the Triple Leaf layer set. Move the Blossom layer to the top of the set.

24.
Save the file.

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