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Masks and Channels in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Learn how to create a mask to remove a subject from a background, refine a mask to include complex edges, create a quick mask to make changes to a selected area, edit a mask using the Properties panel, manipulate an image using Puppet Warp, save a selection as an alpha channel, view a mask using the Channels panel, load a channel as a selection, isolate a channel to make specific image changes.

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Getting started

Getting started

First, you’ll view the image that you’ll create using masks and channels.

  1. Start Photoshop, and then immediately hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.)
  2. When prompted, click Yes to delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file.
  3. Choose File > Browse In Bridge to open Adobe Bridge.
  4. Click the Favorites tab on the left side of the Bridge window. Select the Lessons folder, and then double-click the Lesson06 folder in the Content panel.
  5. Study the 06End.psd file. To enlarge the thumbnail so that you can see it more clearly, move the thumbnail slider at the bottom of the Bridge window to the right.
  6. In this lesson, you’ll create a magazine cover. The model for the cover was photographed in front of a different background. You’ll use masking and the Refine Mask feature to place the model on the appropriate background.

  7. Double-click the 06Start.psd file’s thumbnail to open it in Photoshop. Click OK if you see an Embedded Profile Mismatch dialog box.
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