Use Masks ….not Eraser. Masks are the key to effectively and seamlessly blend layers together. Masks can be used very creatively the more you understand photoshop.
Accept this quest to learn what a mask actually is.
Masks are the most important element to use when working non-destructively. Non-Destructive means to work in a way that nothing is permanent. Essentially rather than deleting pixels that are gone forever you can mask and thus hide them with the option to make the reappear at any time. There are a lot of cool effects you can do with masking but understanding the essentials of them is …well…essential.
Watch these videos and make sure you are logged into your Lynda.com account:
- Black Conceals
- White Reveals
- Lynda.com====> Download these Exercise Files
- Watch This Chapter on Photoshop Essentials – Chapter 9: Working with Layer Masks (four videos)
- Quick Mask Mode
Completion: Watch all videos and document your new knowledge of Masks on a new blog post below using screenshots and notes. You may continue on once you “show what you know.”
Hopefully that wasn’t too confusing. Remember we are learning the essentials so at minimum you want to understand these concepts. They will allow you to create art while you will always be able to develop your advanced skills as needed.
Mastery: To earn mastery of photoshop masking you will need to complete a an optional chapter on masks that will get more detailed and incorporate many more skills. It will really develop your skills of masking at another level. While the chapter is about 90 minutes long this loot is worth it! Use at least one full class period on this mastery even if you don’t finish the whole chapter you may complete this stage.
Go Big or go Home…actually I suppose you could watch it there too?
The exercise files can be downloaded at lynda.com as well.
Mastery Videos: Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced: Chapter 17 Layer Masks and Edge Refinement – Take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced is the second course in the comprehensive Photoshop training series by industry expert Deke McClelland.
There are MANY more courses and chapters about advanced masking you might want to check out someday. The advanced techniques in masking really set the pros apart from amateurs.
COMPLETION: Once you have completed approximately 90 minutes worth of class time on these exercises and documented your advanced skills in masks on your Photoshop 101 page you may accept your Extra Mastery reward Below.
Completion of the above Extra Mastery means you deserve this reward.