Masking in Photoshop
● Masking can be difficult to understand, but every program uses them: Flash, Illustrator, AfterEffects, Premiere - every program uses Masking.
● It may take a while to understand what masking means, but know that it has applications across all other Digital Art and Design programs.
✓ Quick Select Tool ✓ Masking ✓ Blending Modes
• This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild car design project.
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Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Find a Car and Open it in Photoshop ~
✗ Get a completely NEW car for this tutorial, or find another one that looks like yours, whatever you want …
✗ Get the Quick Selection Tool which is behind the Magic Wand Tool …
✗ … ansselect the body of the car - WITHOUT the windows, headlamps, or turn signals, etc., just the body.
Step #2: Subtract from Selection ~
✗ Click Subtract from selection in the menu bar …
✗ … and it's easy to remove unwanted parts.
✗ Remember, you only want the body, not the headlights, winshield, etc.
Step #3: New Layer ~
✗ Make a New Layer above your selection …
✗ … then go to: Edit > Fill and fill the selected area with White.
✗ Hopefully your layers look something like this:
Step #3: Graphics ~
✗ Now find some colorful pictures, decals, logos, anything you want - and copy it …
✗ … and paste it over your car on a new layer.
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T and cover the white area with the image.
Step #4: Clipping Mask ~
✗ Right-Click on the colorful layer and select Create Clipping Mask or go to: Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
Step #5: Blending Options ~
✗ Click on the white layer again …
✗ … and scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like.
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save for Web … and save the file as a .jpg
✗ Make your image approximately 500 pixels wide.