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Chapter 10. Creating Layer and Channel Masks > Using the Quick Mask Mode

Using the Quick Mask Mode

Quick Mask Mode gives you the ability to create a selection using Photoshop's painting and drawing tools, without creating a channel mask. For example, you're creating a selection using traditional selection tools, and there's a portion of the image you're having difficulty selecting. Since this is a one-time selection, you don't want to go to the trouble of creating a channel mask. The solution is to move into the Quick Mask Mode. Quick Mask Mode toggles between a selection and quick mask. When you enter Quick Mask Mode, any pre-existing selections are converted into a red mask, and changes to the mask are performed using painting tools. When you return to Standard Mode, the masked (painted) areas are converted into a selection. While quick masks are created the same way as channel masks, they're temporary. It's a quick way to create a one-time selection.


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