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Lesson 6. Masks and Channels > Getting started

Getting started

You’ll start the lesson by viewing the finished image that you’ll create using masks and channels.

1.
Start Photoshop and then immediately hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.)

As messages appear, select Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, No to defer setting up your color monitor, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.

2.
On the tool options bar, select the File Browser button, and use the Folders palette to navigate to and select the Lessons/Lesson06 folder on your hard disk.

3.
In the thumbnails palette, select the 06End.psd file, so that it appears in the Preview palette in the File Browser.

4.
Select the 06Start.psd thumbnail and compare it to the 06End file.

5.
Double-click the 06Start.psd thumbnail or preview to open it in Photoshop. Close the File Browser.

Your primary goal in this lesson is to take an ordinary photograph of an egret in the wild and make the landscape around the bird look as if it were hand-drawn in colored-pencil strokes. You’ll also make intricate selections of the grasses from other photographs and place them in the foreground of the egret image. Your final touch will be to add a gradient, to soften the image.


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