Photoshop 1.15 [quick masks]

“Using The Quick Mask”


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Please Note:  I recommend using the Refine Edge command (Photoshop 1.13 [refine edge]) instead of quick masks.

  1. Begin by opening Adobe Photoshop CS3. You will now need to open the photograph / file you would like to extract/isolate.
  2. From the tool palette, select the “Edit in Quick Mask Mode.”[premium content]
  3. Now select the paint brush tool from the tool palette. Using your brush, paint the area of the photograph you would like to remove. Usually, I work from a large brush size (for big areas) down to a small brush size for fine details. Using a brush with a high “hardness” value will create a crisp line while using a small “hardness” brush will cause a transparency fade to occur.
  4. If you accidentally cover too much with the brush, you can reverse the foreground/background colors (so that the foreground color is white) by clicking on the reverse arrow next to the foreground / background color swatches (shown in red to the right) and paint back the image you wish to keep.
  5. When you have finished, click on the quick mask icon once again, which will return you to “Edit in Standard Mode.” You will now have a selection of just your object.
  6. With this selection, click on the “Add Layer Mask” in the Layers palette (shown in red on the right). You will immediately see just your object, with the background removed![premium content]
  7. Note: If you cannot select “Add Layer Mask,” your image is on the background layer and is locked. Right click on the layer and select “New Layer from Background…” from the context menu that appears. Now you can click “Add Layer Mask.”

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