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Chapter 5. MASKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS > THE FIVE STEPS TO ALPHA MASTERY

THE FIVE STEPS TO ALPHA MASTERY

Think of alpha channels like tools in a workshop or a kitchen drawer. The tools are there for you whenever you need them. When you do, you open the drawer, take one out, use it, and when you're done with it (as my father taught me), you put it back into the drawer. When you don't need it, it just “sits” there without affecting anything.

This is exactly how alpha masks function: They can be a part of an image and have absolutely no effect until you activate them. Working with alpha masks is a five-step process, done in the exact order outlined here:


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