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Mask Groups

Blake Rudis

Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Blake Rudis

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39. Mask Groups


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1 Bootcamp Introduction Duration:16:22
2 The Bridge Interface Duration:13:33
3 Setting up Bridge Duration:06:55
4 Overview of Bridge Duration:11:29
6 Introduction to Raw Editing Duration:11:00
8 Global Tools Part 1 Duration:16:44
9 Global Tools Part 2 Duration:20:01
10 Local Tools Duration:22:56
12 Toolbars, Menus and Windows Duration:25:07
13 Setup and Interface Duration:11:48
14 Adobe Libraries Duration:05:57
15 Saving Files Duration:07:39
16 Introduction to Cropping Duration:12:10
20 Cropping for Print Duration:07:34
22 Introduction to Layers Duration:08:42
23 Vector & Raster Layers Basics Duration:05:05
24 Adjustment Layers in Photoshop Duration:27:35
25 Organizing and Managing Layers Duration:15:35
28 Soft Light Blend Mode Duration:07:34
31 Introduction to Layer Styles Duration:11:43
34 Brush Basics Duration:09:22
35 Custom Brushes Duration:04:01
36 Brush Mask: Vignettes Duration:06:58
38 Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation Duration:07:52
39 Mask Groups Duration:05:52
40 Clipping Masks Duration:04:11
41 Masking in Adobe Camera Raw Duration:07:06
42 Practical Applications: Masks Duration:14:03
43 Introduction to Selections Duration:05:42
44 Basic Selection Tools Duration:17:41
45 The Pen Tool Duration:11:56
46 Masks from Selections Duration:04:22
47 Selecting Subjects and Masking Duration:07:11
48 Color Range Mask Duration:17:35
49 Luminosity Masks Basics Duration:12:00
50 Introduction to Cleanup Tools Duration:07:02
51 Adobe Camera Raw Duration:10:16
52 Healing and Spot Healing Brush Duration:14:56
53 The Clone Stamp Tool Duration:10:20
54 The Patch Tool Duration:06:38
55 Content Aware Move Tool Duration:04:56
56 Content Aware Fill Duration:06:46
57 Custom Cleanup Selections Duration:15:42
59 Text Basics Duration:15:57
60 Shape Basics Duration:07:00
61 Adding Text to Pictures Duration:09:46
62 Custom Water Marks Duration:14:05
63 Introduction to Smart Objects Duration:04:37
64 Smart Object Basics Duration:09:13
65 Smart Objects and Filters Duration:09:05
68 Smart Objects and Composites Duration:10:47
70 ACR and Lens Correction Duration:09:45
71 Photoshop and Lens Correction Duration:14:26
72 The Warp Tool Duration:11:16
73 Perspective Transformations Duration:20:33
76 Making Your First Action Duration:03:49
78 Adding Stops to Actions Duration:04:01
79 Conditional Actions Duration:07:36
80 Actions that Communicate Duration:25:26
81 Introduction to Filters Duration:04:38
82 ACR as a Filter Duration:09:20
83 Helpful Artistic Filters Duration:17:08
84 Helpful Practical Filters Duration:07:08
85 Sharpening with Filters Duration:07:32
86 Rendering Trees Duration:08:20
88 Introduction to Editing Video Duration:06:20
89 Timeline for Video Duration:08:15
90 Cropping Video Duration:03:34
91 Adjustment Layers and Video Duration:05:25
92 Building Lookup Tables Duration:07:00
94 ACR to Edit Video Duration:06:10
95 Animated Gifs Duration:11:39
97 Black, White, and Monochrome Duration:18:05
98 Matte and Cinematic Effects Duration:08:23
100 Gradients Duration:04:21
101 Glow and Haze Duration:10:23
103 Brightening Teeth Duration:10:25
105 Cleaning and Brightening Eyes Duration:16:58
106 Advanced Clean Up Techniques Duration:24:47
108 ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits Duration:21:27
109 Portrait Workflow Techniques Duration:18:46
111 Landscape Workflow Techniques Duration:37:36
113 Composite Workflow Techniques Duration:34:01
114 Landscape Composite Projects Duration:24:14
115 Bonus: Rothko and Workspace Duration:05:15
117 Bonus: The Mask (Extras) Duration:05:18

Lesson Info

Mask Groups

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can make a group of things that affect an image and make a mask on that group. I'm gonna go ahead and add the same thing that we did before. The curves layer dodge, the curves layer burn. Show you that again, bring this up to make it brighter. Make another curves adjustment layer, I could just duplicate this one by pressing Command or Control + J, and it will duplicate a layer. Call this burn, and then bring this down to about here, to darken this up. One thing about this too with the curves layer dodge and burn. As we talked about, with any curves adjustment layer, as we bring it down it's going to affect the color that's happening there too, the red, the green, the blue. If we make this curves adjustment layer dodge and burn and we don't want it to affect the underlying colors of the image, all we have to do is click on this area here that says normal and change that blend mode to luminosity. Now we're only working with the tones in the image ...

and not working with the color. We've effectively separated the tones from the colors. I click on the dodge, change this down to luminosity. I'll go ahead and turn the burn off for a second, again, I'm gonna press Command or Control + I on this dodge and I'm just gonna start painting around to reveal certain areas underneath the image. I'm just gonna start painting around to reveal some of the dodge that I'm working on here with white. Paint here to make that building a little bit brighter, paint around here, make that a little bit brighter. Again, I'm really just going through here and just painting things in that I want to be a little bit lighter. I want this side to be a little bit lighter of this building, and then on this building, go to the burn, Command or Control + I on that mask to invert it, now I want to reveal that effect, I'll paint with white to dodge or burn that side of the building. Burn a little bit of this, burn a little bit of this, this. Click on the dodge. Dodge around to brighten certain things up. Brighten up this building, brighten up this building, brighten up the sky a little bit. Right now, if we look at this, I've got a dodge, I've got a burn. They're affecting the entire canvas. Each one of them, they're independently affecting the entire canvas. I can put these into their own group. If I click on the top one of burn, click on the bottom one of dodge, press Command or Control + G, it'll put them into a group. When they're in their own group like this, I can rename this curves dodge, I'll just call it D and B. When I open this up, whatever's in this group, when I turn this group on and off, it turns off the preview of that group. Let's say I did something to the image that I didn't necessarily want with that curves dodge and burn. This is where we get another added level of protection by adding a mask to this curve. If I click on this curve and add a mask to it and I click on this mask, I can now brush with black on there to reveal the underlying layer through the curves dodge and burn. I'm painting with black, this is not allowing that curves dodge and burn to affect the underlying image because this mask group right here takes precedence over everything that's happening inside that layer. If we want to see that a little bit better, let's add an adjustment layer in here, like a solid color. Remember that solid color that we like to use is magenta? 255 red, 255 blue. As I look at this group here, anything I paint on this group starts to reveal the underlying area. Notice how I'm not even painting on that magenta layer, right? The group here is the master mask that controls everything that's happening within there even though they have their own independent masks. It's the next level thinking on the mask. You can essentially get two masks out of any layer by just putting it into its own group. You can put a single layer into a group if you want to, you don't necessarily have to use multiple layers into a group, you can put one layer into that group and now you have two masks for the one mask. This happens if you're masking on an image and as you're masking on that layer, you make a mistake, or you like what you did with the mask but you want to see an alternate method for it. Put it into a group, that way you don't have to alter what you did with the mask below and just use that primary mask in the group to reveal what's happening in that bulk or mass between that layer. Right here, we're not actually even doing anything with that color fill layer but as we paint on this group, we're revealing everything that's happening within that group underneath, as we paint with black. Again, if we look at the density of that mask, the density of that mask is not very strong. We could, in turn, go up to image, adjustments, curves or levels and we could darken it down or brighten it up.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!