Photoshop 240 – Adobe Photoshop: Masking & Compositing Fundamentals

Class Description
In this 2-day class, Participants learn the fundamentals of Photoshop masking and compositing to create a single, seamless piece of artwork. By making selections with masks and then combining them in new ways using layer effects, blend modes, and other techniques, Photoshop enables users to combine multiple images into a coherent whole. Participants will be introduced to the Channels panel and the alpha channel, which is the key to masking and transparency in Photoshop. The class reviews the selection tools, including the Color Range tool, Quick Mask mode, and the Refine Edge command. Learn how to blend masked images so they interact naturally. Exercise files accompany the course.

Course Benefits

  • Setting up a workspace
  • Working with the seven key selection tools
  • Using the Color Range command
  • Automating masking
  • Matching a scene with Smart Filters
  • Choosing the ideal base channel
  • Converting a channel to a mask
  • Painting with the Overlay and Soft Light modes
  • Using History to regain a lost mask
  • Working with the Calculations command
  • Extracting a mask from a Smart Object
  • Masking and compositing light
  • Masking with black and white
  • Working with path outlines
  • Combining pixel and vector masks
  • Creating and feathering a vector mask

Suggested Prerequisites
This class is appropriate for intermediate level users of Photoshop. Completing our Adobe Photoshop CC Essential Skills or equivalent knowledge recommended. We also recommend that you have the Adobe Photoshop software before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe website.

Course Outline

  • It All Starts with the Channel
  • The Magic of Masking
  • The Science of Compositing
  • The Essentials of Selecting
  • The Versatility of Combining and Transforming
  • The Unmatched Power of Color Range
  • The Unearthly Joy of Refinement
  • The Rewards of Everyday Masking
  • The Mechanics of Layer Masks

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Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.