The best way to understand Photoshop masks is to think of masks in real life. Masks can be used to hide or reveal what’s underneath. When you wear a mask, you essentially control your transparency, i.e. what and how much you choose to show. The same concept applies to masks in Photoshop. The term “mask” isn’t immediately understandable to someone outside the realm of graphic design. At its simplest definition a mask is a way to apply something to a very specific portion of an image. There are two types of masks in Photoshop: layer masks and clipping masks. You’ll find that they are fairly similar in theory, but wildly different in application.
How to Masking Photo:
There are several methods of accomplishing Photoshop masking on the images. It includes color separation technique, channel mask, extract tool, background erase tool etc. The strategy varies on the basis of the complexity of an image. It may require applying more than one technique on a single image while masking the image from its original background. Below is the short description of each technique:
- Color Separation: In this method the background color of the image has to be completely distinguished from the object color. If the hair or fur color is black the existing background color has to be white or any other light color. If this method works, the DTP will color balance the image in such a way that will intensify the difference between the background and foreground. After doing the color balance it will allow the designer to apply any quick selection tool to select the object without harming any part of the image.
- Channel mask: This is an awesome shortcut masking technique. Here you have to see the image view from each channel separately. Select the channel that represents the difference between the object and the background best and then do color balance like previous. When the color balance is done press Ctrl + Click on the selected channel (windows) or cmd + click on the selected channel (Mac). It will make the selection properly. Then take capture the channel on an additional new channel layer that will create the alpha channel.
- Extract tool: Extract tool is also quite effective for complex masking. In order to apply extract tool just click filter>extract and customize the option according to the image. Then, highlight the edge of the image and apply the action. It will erase the background and keep the foreground intact. The accuracy depends on the proper customization of the options while applying it on the image.
- Background eraser tool: This is the most popular tool used for Photoshop masking. In this case you have to create a clipping path around the solid area to keep it intact while applying the background eraser tool. This is quite subtle technique. If anything goes wrong the details of hair or fur will be lost. So while applying this technique you have to be very careful about the flying hair. Test the hair against both black and white background while processing to be sure that you are on right track.
Photoshop masking is a tricky photo editing task which requires special expertise. One can easily know the methods but it’s not that much easy to apply in practice to bring world class quality. Here, the designers have to ensure each and every details of the subtle or blurry edge like hair. Well trained and experienced designers can only assure the desired output of Photoshop masking. This is what distinguishes us from any other competitors of ours. Our experienced, energetic, passionate and creative hands ensure the world class output of Photoshop masking service.