Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

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Photoshop’s Quick Mask mode is a really easy way of creating selections to cut out part of an image.  You can basically paint the area you want to select, using the using any of the painting tools (Pencil, Paintbrush or Airbrush etc).

Here is our quick mask tutorial:

Everyone loves kittens don’t they? But this one looks a bit boring, just standing there on the grass. So how can we make him a bit more exciting? By using a Quick Mask to make a selection, cut him out and put him somewhere different that’s how!!

Don’t like kittens? Then we’ve got loads of other useful resources on this site including Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts.

1: Start by making a basic selection (using the Rectangular Marquee tool Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial for example):

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

2: Activate Quick Mask mode by clicking the Edit in Quick Mask Mode button Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial at the bottom of the Tools Palette or pressing Q on your keyboard.

You will see that the unselected parts of the image are now covered by a red mask or ‘rubylith’.

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

4: You can now edit the selection using Photoshop’s Paint tools (Pencil, Paintbrush or Airbrush etc):

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

5: Paint with white to select more of the image (the mask is removed from areas painted with white).

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

To deselect areas, paint over them with black (the mask covers areas painted with black).

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

6: When you have painted all the areas you want, hit the Edit in Quick Mask button Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial again and hey presto, the unpainted areas have been made in to the selection.

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

Quick Mask Options

If you double click the Edit in Quick Mask button Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial the Quick Mask Options dialog box is displayed.

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial

The options in this allow you to change:

  • Whether the coloured area indicates the masked area (this is the default setting) or the selected area.
  • The colour of the mask (this is useful if your image contains a lot of red)
  • The Opacity of the mask colour (the default is 50% opacity)

Now you can put your kitten wherever you want!!  Ok, ok, I know these are rubbish, but it is only a quick example to show you what you can do!!  If you take a bit more care with your selection than I did you can get great results.

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