Image masking is age-old technique in image editing software. But the fact is how it managed to survive in spite of tremendous growth in digital image manipulations? The answer is designers kept updating the usage of image masking.
One of the many uses of image masking is removing an object from the photo. Now, this process starts by using the quick select tool. Advanced versions of Photoshop are user friendly and help them identifying the object borders intelligently. Refine edge feature will work next in extracting the object. Click on “on black” to make the background black and thereby identifying the error spots in the selection. The brush option in Refine Edge is actually not to draw anything. It can be used against harsh borders of the selected object. The intelligence of the feature will soften the edges with the appropriate colors. There are few more options like smooth, further, shift edges which can be used with slider to make desired changes in the borders of the image. Now select the object and cut it. Place it in the background where it actually deserves to stay.
Blending multiple image objects into one single picture is yet another trend in image masking. Such requirements are posted in the field of print advertisements, web designing etc. This is a major reason masking is becoming a trend in image editing. A simple image can be made eye catching by blending needed objects into it by masking technique. In order to create a blending, create two layers containing objects to be blended. Now select on the top layer and click on the image mask icon in the layer palette. Using the gray and white gradient to a required level and drag it over the top layer. The masking will be controlled by the gradient. The end product after the masking is just the finest possible blend of two objects into a single photograph.
Masking is not only possible in RGB images. It is also possible with one colored and one gray scale image. To obtain this, place the colored image in the top layer and gray scale at the bottom layer. Follow the same procedure to get the gray part contribute to the visible portions of the colored image and the black portion contribute to the hidden part of the image.
There are two kinds of masking, layer masking and vector masking. Both do not very much outputs however differ in the way they are worked upon. Vector masking is much cleaner and distinct. Pen tool, shape tool or path selection tool is used for vector masking. Layer masking is quick and can be done for a large area of image instantly. Layer mask icon is used to create layer masking.
The advantages of image masking can be listed as: isolate and remove a desired portion of an image. Crafting transparency without negotiating the clarity of the image is another plus. Wiping out undesirable backgrounds from images and replacing them with infinite imagination. Creating sensational model portfolios is another benefit of image masking. Model’s photo collections will be benefited by the blending option in image masking.
It’s time to play around with favorite image with image masking. The new trend of image masking has invaded profile picture of social networking and almost all regular users do it.