Adobe Photoshop CS4 Selections and Masks By Dave Cross

2 hr 12 min
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In this course, Dave Cross covers the tools and techniques for making selections and creating layer masks using Photoshop CS4

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Course instructor Dave Cross gives a general overview of what will be covered in these classes
See the difference between selections and masks, and why it is important to use both
A quick overview of the key selection tools and functions
How to use the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools
How to use the Regular, Magnetic and Polygonal Lasso tools, including how to switch between them on the fly
Learn how to make automatic selections with the Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools
Change the view of your selection and adjust that selection using Quick Mask
An overview of using the Open tool to draw (and edit) a path that can be turned into a selection
Learn about the optional Extract Filter: how to install and use it
How to make your selection more accurate by fine-tuning the selection edge
See how the Refine Edge option lets you adjust the edge of your selection with a live preview
Learn how Color Range can help you select a specific range of colors throughout a document in a more interactive way than the Magic Wand
If you are the one taking the photo, make less work for yourself
How to turn your selection into an Alpha Channel or a Layer Mask
Paint on the mask and use the Masks panel to get a better edge
For complex selections, start with a channel to create a mask
Sometimes you may not need to make a selection
Watch a real-world example of making a complex selection
Watch a real-world example of making a challenging selection
Thanks for watching. You are ready to go out and make some selections and masks
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For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught Photoshop,Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Ce...

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