Photoshop Masks and Masking Tricks-WRK244 (PS06)

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST) More Information →

Photoshop Masks and Masking Tricks

Series Overview:

Experienced digital photographers will tell you that Adobe's Photoshop is the digital editing tool of choice. Photographers that know their way around the Photoshop application will tell you that it's an incredibly powerful tool with a myriad of solutions to everyday editing challenges. New Photoshop users can be challenged by the application’s depth of features and apparent complexity, but at Soft Lite Studios, we have developed a structured series of classes that will make Photoshop not only easy to learn, but fun to learn as well. Our 16 different Photoshop courses will not only allow you to dissect Photoshop into easy to digest pieces, they allow you to select just the class that are right for your editing needs.


In this class, the sixth (6th) in our sixteen (16) course Photoshop series, we begin to explore the power and features provided by Masks in Photoshop. As you utilize more and more Layers in your Photoshop documents, you start to understand that you need a method for controlling interactions between those Layers and Masks provide precisely that level of control. Additionally, as you begin to consider advanced Selections, Masks are where those Selections live and repeatedly leveraged.

Course Contents:

In the first section of this class, we start by exploring the heart of Photoshop documents, Channels. Photoshop Channels not only provide a mechanism for understanding how images are stored and displayed, but they also unlock many advanced editing approaches. No exploration of Channels would be complete without exploring Photoshop’s Image Modes, and we will investigate those as well.

The second section of the class focuses on Photoshop Masks, which of course stored in the Channels panel. We will explore the contents of Masks and how they interact with Layer content and Adjustment Layers. Masks provide an extremely efficient method for controlling Layer interaction and understanding this interaction is key to advanced editing features.

We continue, with our exploration of Masks, by digging into the various methods for creating, storing, and reusing Masks. Properly leveraged, Masks are the basis for consistency in Photoshop documents and can provide a fantastic way to share layouts with others. A whole host of more complicated Masking techniques are going to be reviewed, and we will explore a variety of unique methods for creating and using Masks.

While we are learning all about Masks, we will be working hands-on with a variety of sample and exercise documents within Photoshop. Each participant will have many opportunities to reinforce the learning concepts presented, with step by step usage of these lessons and demonstrations given in class.

Course Prerequisites:

Participants enrolling in this class should have the following knowledge / experiences prior to attending this class:

  • General operating system knowledge as outlined below

  • WRK222 (PS01) - Photoshop Files, Preferences and Color Settings

  • WRK224 (PS02) - Photoshop Interface, Panels and Tools

  • WRK232 (PS03) - Photoshop Image Editing Tools (Part 01)

  • WRK234 (PS04) - Photoshop Image Editing Tools (Part 02)

  • WRK242 (PS05) - Photoshop Basic Layer Usage and Management

General Prerequisites:

· Computer (with power supply)

· Photoshop (fully installed and ready)

· Familiar with computer basics (file management)

You will want to bring a laptop or computer to class if you wish to follow along using the exercise files that will be handed out. While most of the concepts and features demonstrated will be backward compatible with older versions of Photoshop, the instructor will be using the most recent version of the application. Many of the Photoshop concepts presented will be similar to operations available in Photoshop Elements. However, the instructor will not be able to make the translations of all exercises to equivalent features in the Photoshop Elements software. If you have recently subscribed to Adobe's Creative Cloud service, you will want to make sure that you have correctly installed the software locally and confirm its successful startup and operation before coming to class.

Many software complications, such as slow performance and lagging screen refreshes, are due to computer systems that are under-resourced. Continued satisfactory use of the software title covered in this course will be dependent upon your computer's configuration; please refer to the vendor's documentation to ensure that your system is adequately provisioned.

Last, but not least, you should ensure that you are familiar with the operation of your computer, its filing system and the shortcut keys and functions that it offers. A large percentage of the support issues that come up during class is rooted in the user not having knowledge of or a base level understanding of the operating system they are using on their computer. Most of today's mainstream software applications, provide features and functions based on capabilities provided by that computer's operating system. Failure to understand operating system provided functionality can lead to difficulty in understanding capabilities within the software we are teaching in class. Base level knowledge of your computer's filing system, storage locations, and operational shortcuts will go a long ways towards enhancing your experience in this course and with your computer system overall.

-This is one (1) indivudial Photoshop Class-

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