Posts Tagged ‘Masking’

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

Published by | Friday, April 4th, 2014

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

This week, Bert Monroy wraps up a tutorial series on his digital painting Oyster Bar by showing us how to create a canvas texture from scratch in Photoshop.

Previewing the next release of After Effects CC

Published by | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Previewing the next release of After Effects CC

In preparation for the 2014 NAB Show, Adobe has begun previewing new features slated for the next release of their video applications. I’ve had a chance to work with the upcoming version of After Effects CC, and I’m working on a new chapter for our After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course to demonstrate them. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about some of the goodies planned for this release.

Adobe Premiere Pro integration
A main focus of Adobe’s upcoming releases is to strengthen the integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro, making it easier for a Premiere editor to tap into AE’s power. To that end, Adobe is introducing Live Text Templates, allowing you to create a composition (or chain of compositions) that includes text layers; lock the layers you don’t want the editor touching (e.g., the title of a show); and leave the layers you do want them to edit unlocked (such as a name in a lower third). You can then designate the project and this comp as a Template in Composition Settings.

Creating water ripples in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, March 14th, 2014

Creating water ripples in Photoshop

For the next few weeks, Bert is going to take time to share some of the techniques used to great effect in his digital painting Oyster Bar. This week he offers some tips on creating water ripples in Photoshop.

Deleting photobombers with Photoshop: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Delete photobombers with Photoshop

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.


You’ve got a great location, a great group of friends, a great camera. All the makings of a great shot, right? But you get the file off the camera and onto your computer and lo and behold: a photobomber appears. Some person detracting from the main event, intentionally or not. Happily, with the tools in Adobe Photoshop, you can remove unwanted guests or any other undesired elements from your photographs. You don’t even need the latest version of Photoshop. In fact, in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke takes you through the old-school method for removing a photobomber from an otherwise fantastic photo. These are results you’re not going to get with Content-Aware Fill, the Patch tool, or even the brand-new Content-Aware Move tool. No, you have to go back to the basics. We’re talking Photoshop version 3, circa 1994 basics. Watch today’s free video to learn how.

After Effects 12.1 Update

Published by | Friday, November 15th, 2013

After Effects CC - Mask Tracker

Explore this course at lynda.com.


Adobe recently released a nice update to After Effects for Creative Cloud subscribers. Todd Kopriva of Adobe has provided an exhaustive list of what’s new in his blog. I’ve also added to my After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course on lynda.com to demonstrate my favorites among the new features, including:

Deke’s Techniques: Putting wings on a horse

Published by | Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

In this week’s free episode, Deke gives you wings. Well, he gives a horse wings. In truth, he gives a horse wings that formerly belonged to a goose. No matter—the bottom line is that you end up with your very own mythological creature. This week in Deke’s Techniques, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to mask complex creatures and create silhouettes from real-world photographs. In Deke’s example, here are the two photographs that eventually make up the composite image:

We’ll start by applying some contrast-controlling adjustment layers to begin the process, then use some old-school brushing techniques to turn the contributing creatures into crisp silhouettes. The result is this magical creature:

Although the end result is (artistically speaking) a silhouette, in truth it’s a mask. And masks can be infinitely useful, way beyond your species-mixing fantasies. If you’d like to learn more about masks from Deke, check out Chapter 26 of Deke’s Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course. You’ll also learn how to use the pen tool to solve problematic masking challenges. You can take a more in-depth look at how to master the pen tool by checking out Chapter 27 of the same course.

Every week, there’s a new (and free) technique from Deke. And lynda.com members can see the entire collection here, along with some exclusive members-only techniques.

See you next week!

Related links:
Deke’s Techniques
courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®
courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #15 – Alpha Channels

Published by | Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Much can be said of masking: Masking is the art of using the image to select itself. Masking lets you apply the entire weight of Photoshop to the task of editing a selection. And masking, thy name is alpha channel. Watch Deke’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode #15 to see the steps to using alpha channels to your benefit.