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post Dec 19 2007, 02:34 PM
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Masking an image, by Bazzah


This quick tutorial is for Adobe Photoshop (CS3) on a PC.


(IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/tutorials/mask/start.png)

1. Press ctrl + J to duplicate you main (background) layer, then hide the background layer.


2. With the copied background layer selected, click on 'Add Vector Mask, in your layers window.


3 Press 'D' on your keyboard to default your palette to black and white, and then 'X' until the primary colour is Black.


4. Select your brush tool ('B' on your keyboard). For this example I am going to use an 8px brush, with 82% hardness. My image is 500x380, so you will need to adjust your brush according to the size of them image you are masking.


(IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/tutorials/mask/zoom.png)

5. Zoom into about 400% (whichever is most comfortable for you to use)


6. Now using your brush tool, carefully draw around the image you want to 'cut out' Don't worry if you make a mistake, as all you need to do is select a white brush (by pressing 'X') and you can draw the image back in.


(IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/tutorials/mask/finish.png)

You can apply the layer mask, by right clicking on the layer in your layers window, and selecting 'Apply Layer Mask'

Extra Tips


Making it easier to see masking


You may want to add a coloured back ground in temporarily. Depending on the image, add a vibrant green or red etc so you can see in detail where you are masking.


(IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/tutorials/mask/background.png)

Realistic Hair


To make hair look more realistic, try using the Smudge Tool ® to 'flick' in the hair. For this example, I used a smudge tool with size 1px and 79% strength. I simply smudged into the hair, to make small lines.


Matching the background colour.


One easy way to do this, is add an inner glow, like this:


(IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/tutorials/mask/colour.png)

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post Dec 19 2007, 05:19 PM
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Already do this, but it's indeed a great tutorial Darren (IMG:style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)


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Thanks for this B.
I use Paintshop but I'm trying to slowly learn Photoshop as well.
So this is very helpful for me. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
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Haha,, It's my boy... Tks DarrenB.


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So is this tut similar in CS2?


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yes! I haven't tried it on CS2, but it should work


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Exactly the same
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QUOTE(Skallywag® @ Jan 10 2008, 04:46 PM) *
Exactly the same

Actually I noticed one small difference when I followed this tut originally.

2. With the copied background layer selected, click on 'Add Vector Mask, in your layers window.

The menu option in CS2 that you need to click is Layer | LayerMask | Reveal All. (Unless my menu options are different for some reason...)

Othat than THAT, it is exactly the same.


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many thanks for the tut it look usefull so i will try and cut my image out this way (IMG:style_emoticons/default/winking.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/winking.gif)
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I still haven't tried this yet, but after doing the masking, is it then possible to take the cut out image and paste it onto a cover? if so, how. I know I should probably just try it, but I just don't have the time to go through the process at the moment. Thanks to anyone who can explain this part to me.


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I just copy the entire layer over with the mask intact and then make changes to the mask as needed. If anyone does it different please post, I'd like to learn all the time (IMG:style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)
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Just copy and paste it (IMG:style_emoticons/default/8834.gif) Deselect all the layers you dont want copied (ie the background) and CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy all. Or, you could save it as a png24 file with a transparent background (IMG:style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)


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QUOTE (LittleCoolDude @ Jan 22 2010, 08:59 PM) *
I just copy the entire layer over with the mask intact and then make changes to the mask as needed. If anyone does it different please post, I'd like to learn all the time (IMG:style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)


Or yeah, drag and drop the masked layer would be the best way, so you can preserve the mask for future adjustments


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Thanks guys. Hopefully I'll be getting to this process this weekend/next week. The wife is going away for work for the week, so I should have some time to actually make a cover again. Thanks again for those tips. I have such great ideas in my head, but then when I try and actually make the cover I fall way short every time. I have some good ideas, just not the techniques to do them....lol...

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