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Adobe Photoshop: Masking & Compositing Fundamentals Training Course

Adobe Photoshop: Masking & Compositing Fundamentals Training Schedule

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals Training Course Synopsis

Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals shows how to make selections, refine the selections with masks, and then combine them in new ways, using layer effects, blend modes, and other techniques to create a single seamless piece of artwork. You will be introduced to the Channels panel and the alpha channel, the key to masking and transparency in Photoshop; reviews the selection tools, including the Color Range tool , Quick Mask mode, and the Refine Edge command; and shows how to blend masked images so they interact naturally. Exercise files accompany the course.

Prerequisites for Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals

We highly recommend attending our first Photoshop class before coming to the course. You’ll get the most out of this class if you know some of the basics such as using layers, masking, and adjustments. For more experienced Photoshop users, previous attendance is not required. 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.

What you will learn in Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals

  • 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

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Enrollment Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals

Please see our Enrollment Page (http://www.ledet.com/enroll) for our enrollment form.

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals Course Locations

We have training centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at sales@ledet.com.

Lesson 1 - It All Starts with the Channel

  • The channel is the origin of masking
  • The Masks and Channels panels
  • How color channels work
  • Viewing channels in color
  • How RGB works
  • Single-channel grayscale
  • Mixing a custom "fourth" channel
  • The other three-channel mode: Lab
  • A practical application of Lab
  • The final color mode: CMYK
  • Introducing the Multichannel mode
  • Creating a unique multichannel effect

Lesson 2 - The Magic of Masking

  • The alpha channel is home to the mask
  • The origins of the alpha channel
  • How a mask works
  • Making an alpha channel
  • Using the new channel icons
  • Saving an image with alpha channels
  • Loading a selection from a channel
  • Putting a mask into play
  • Loading a selection from a layer
  • Loading a selection from another image

Lesson 3 - The Science of Compositing

  • The mask meets the composition
  • Viewing a mask as a rubylith overlay
  • Changing a mask's overlay color
  • Painting inside a mask
  • Cleaning up and confirming
  • Combining masks
  • Painting behind and inside a layer
  • Blending image elements
  • What to do when layers go wrong
  • Hiding layer effects with a mask
  • Introducing clipping masks
  • Unclipping and masking a shadow

Lesson 4 - The Essentials of Selecting

  • The seven selection soldiers
  • The marquee tools
  • The single-pixel tools (plus tool tricks)
  • Turning a destructive edit into a layer
  • Making shapes of specific sizes
  • The lasso tools
  • Working with the Magnetic Lasso tool
  • The Quick Selection tool
  • Combining Quick Selection and Smudge
  • The Magic Wand and the Tolerance value
  • Contiguous and Anti-aliased selections
  • Making a good selection with the Magic Wand
  • Selecting and replacing a background
  • Resolving edges with layer effects
  • Adding lines of brilliant gold type

Lesson 5 - The Versatility of Combining and Transforming

  • Selections reign supreme
  • Introducing "selection calculations"
  • Combining two different tools
  • Selections and transparency masks
  • Selecting an eye
  • Masking and blending a texture into skin
  • Painting a texture into an eye
  • Combining layers, masks, channels, and paths
  • Moving selection outlines vs. selected pixels
  • The Magic Wand and the Tolerance value
  • Transforming and warping a selection outline
  • Pasting an image inside a selection
  • Adding volumetric shadows and highlights
  • Resolving edges with layer effects
  • Adding lines of brilliant gold type

Lesson 6 - The Unmatched Power of Color Range

  • The best selection tools are commands
  • Introducing the Color Range command
  • Working in the Color Range dialog box
  • Primary colors and luminance ranges
  • A terrific use for Color Range
  • Introducing the Quick Mask mode
  • Moving a selection into a new background
  • Combining layers, masks, channels, and paths
  • Moving selection outlines vs. selected pixels
  • Smoothing the mask, recreating the corners
  • Integrating foreground and background
  • Creating a cast shadow from a layer
  • Releasing and masking layer effects
  • Creating a synthetic rainbow effect
  • Masking and compositing your rainbow

Lesson 7 - The Unearthly Joy of Refinement

  • The ultimate in masking automation
  • Introducing the Refine Mask command
  • Automated edge detection
  • Turning garbage into gold
  • Starting with an accurate selection
  • Selection outline in, layer mask out
  • Matching a scene with Smart Filters
  • Cooling a face, reflecting inside eyes
  • Creating a layer of ghoulish skin
  • Adding dark circles around the eyes
  • Creating a fake blood effect
  • Establishing trails of blood
  • Integrating the blood into the scene

Lesson 8 - The Rewards of Everday Masking

  • Using the image to select itself
  • Choosing the ideal base channel
  • Converting a channel into a mask
  • Painting with the Overlay mode
  • Painting with the Soft Light mode
  • Mask, composite, refine, and blend
  • Creating a more aggressive mask
  • Blending differently masked layers
  • Creating a hair-only mask
  • Using history to regain a lost mask
  • Separating flesh tones from hair
  • Adjusting a model's color temperature
  • Introducing the Calculations command
  • Extracting a mask from a Smart Object
  • Integrating a bird into a new sky
  • Creating synthetic rays of light
  • Masking and compositing light
  • Introducing a brilliant light source

Lesson 9 - The Mechanics of Layer Masks

  • The synthesis of masking and compositing
  • White reveals, black conceals
  • Layer masking tips and tricks
  • Generating a layer mask with Color Range
  • The Masks panel's bad options
  • The Masks panel's good options
  • Creating and feathering a vector mask
  • Combining pixel and vector masks
  • Working with path outlines
  • Combining paths into a single vector mask
  • Sharpening detail, reducing color noise
  • Recreating missing details
  • Masking glass
  • Refining a jagged Magic Wand mask
  • Masking multiple layers at one time
  • Establishing a knockout layer
  • Clipping and compositing tricks

Disclaimer

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.

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