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WORKING WITH QUICK MASK

Quick Mask is one of the very best selection tools in all of Photoshop. I use it all the time to create and refine selections and to verify the quality and accuracy of selections I made using the standard selection tools discussed previously in this chapter. In a nutshell, Quick Mask lets you see which image areas are active (selected) and which ones are inactive (not selected) via a transparent overlay. Quick Mask is tremendously flexible and powerful; you can use it with or without an existing selection, you can use many painting tools and filters on it, and you can also save a Quick Mask as an alpha channel to save it for future use. Sadly, many people belittle Quick Mask as a tool for beginners or amateurs, but I say let them make fun of the ugly duckling—we know that Quick Mask is really a swan in disguise.

Tip

To practice working with Quick Mask in the exercises that follow, first make sure you're using the default settings for Quick Mask. You can do this by double-clicking the left Quick Mask button under the color picker in the toolbar and making sure the settings you see match the settings shown in figure 2.52.

Figure 2.52. Quick Mask's default settings.




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