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Lesson 5. Masks and Channels > Loading a mask as a selection and applying an ad...

Loading a mask as a selection and applying an adjustment

Now you'll load the Egret channel mask as a selection. The channel mask remains stored in the Channels palette even after you've loaded it as a selection. This means you can reuse the mask whenever you want.

1.
In the Channels palette, click the RGB preview channel to display the entire image.



2.
Choose Select > Load Selection. Click OK.



The egret selection appears in the image window.

Now that you've corrected any flaws in the selection by painting in the channel, you'll adjust the tonal balance of the egret.

3.
Choose Image > Adjust > Auto Levels. This automatically adjusts the tonal balance of the colors in the selection.

Auto Levels defines the lightest and darkest pixels in each channel as white and black, and then redistributes the intermediate pixel values proportionately. Lesson 6, "Photo Retouching" , takes you through basic image correction, including adjusting an image's tonal range.

4.
Choose Edit > Undo to compare the adjustment you just made. Then choose Edit >Redo to reapply the adjustment.

5.
Choose Select > Deselect.

6.
Choose File > Save.


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