Photo Editing with Photoshop Masks
Professional Photoshop services for editing photos with Photoshop masks. Photoshop has been the standard in picture editing software for a long time. However, a lot of people that use it spend most of their time doing basic crops or using automatic tools. Those that want to experiment a bit more pull out the eraser tool and start rubbing out the areas they don’t like. If you are a maestro with a mouse, that is fine, but most of us make mistakes. The eraser tool is considered a destructive photo editing method, which means that if you do make a mistake you have to start again from the beginning. This is why we have the Photoshop mask option.
Destructive photo editing does not mean that you are mutilating your images forever. You always have the option to undo, but that can get very annoying. Destructive, in this case, means that you are making changes directly to the color pixels that make up your image. The eraser tool is an excellent example, but there are many others. All you have to do is go up to “Image” in your navigation bar, go to “Adjustments” and choose any one of them. These are all considered destructive because if you don’t like the changes you can’t alter them once completed. You have to undo the process completely.
This does not mean that you can’t use these adjustments; you just need to use them in a different way. Using a Photoshop mask allows you to make any changes you like to a picture without damaging the pixels. Just like a mask in the real world, it simply hides them. The best thing about masks is that you can always toggle them on and off and re-enter the settings for further alteration even when they are already in place. To enable photo masks all you need to do is go into your layer’s palette. In the bottom right-hand corner, just look for the “Adjustment Layer” icon. By clicking on it, you will see almost all of the same options as you did in the navigation bar. Choosing one of these will add a new layer on top of your picture. You will not be able to see it, but it will show up in your layer’s palette as “Levels 1.” Any adjustments that you make now will only apply to your Photoshop mask.
Masks have another great adjustment feature as well. You can make selective adjustments to one part of your picture without affecting the rest. To do this, place an adjustment layer over your picture and then activate your paintbrush. Painting over your layer with the color black will tell Photoshop that these areas should not be affected. If you make a mistake you can change the color to white to uncover a section. Then you continue with your adjustments like you normally would. You can do this with as many layers as you like and you will never harm a single pixel of your original. Destructive Photoshop techniques can be very time consuming and do not allow much freedom. Using a Photoshop mask, you’ll realize how flexible and simple it’s to use.