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 for example):
2: Activate Quick Mask mode by clicking the Edit in Quick Mask Mode button 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’.
4: You can now edit the selection using Photoshop’s Paint tools (Pencil, Paintbrush or Airbrush etc):
5: Paint with white to select more of the image (the mask is removed from areas painted with white).
To deselect areas, paint over them with black (the mask covers areas painted with black).
6: When you have painted all the areas you want, hit the Edit in Quick Mask button again and hey presto, the unpainted areas have been made in to the selection.
Quick Mask Options
If you double click the Edit in Quick Mask button the Quick Mask Options dialog box is displayed.
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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