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Hour 12. Using Masks > Applying Masks

Applying Masks

Masks can hide either a selected object, or the background, and can be opaqueor semi-transparent. (If the mask is totally transparent, it isn't a mask.) In Figure 12.1, if I want to lighten the background without affecting the red flower, I need to mask the flower. The easiest way to do this is to use the Magic Wand to select the background. By selecting the background and not the flower, the flower is effectively masked. If I wanted to change the color of the flower, I could use the Magic Wand to select the background and then invert the selection(Select, Inverse).

Figure 12.1. I've done my best to select the background with the Magic Wand.



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