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Lesson 7. 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 6.)

2.
When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.

3.
Click the Go to Bridge button () on the tool options bar to open Adobe Bridge.

4.
In the Favorites palette in the upper left corner of Bridge, click the Lessons favorite, and then double-click the Lesson07 folder in the preview area to see its contents.

5.
Select the 07End.psd file and study it in the Preview palette.

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.

6.
Double-click the 07Start.psd thumbnail to open it in Photoshop.


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