Re: Easy photo knockout (masking)

Subject: Re: Easy photo knockout (masking)
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 15:57:47 -0700

On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> No. I've been clicking the Quick Mask Mode button and attempting to "paint
> over" the object on a new layer, as outlined in Lesson 6 of Adobe's
> Photoshop Classroom In a Book. This method is terribly tedious and grossly
> inaccurate.

The Quick Mask tool depends a lot on the brush you use. Solid areas
need to be 100% opacity. I like the feathered edge. My graphic design
friends prefer the hard edge.

> It appears I've overlooked the Magic Wand tool and am going to try that
> lesson after lunch.

Other designers use the Magic Wand tool, but it only operates as a
selection. One wrong click and it's gone.


The best way that I found to perform a knockout is to use the Pen tool
and draw an editable shape around the object. From there, you can
create a selection, leave the edges hard, or feather it (as I like),
and test your knockout. If you need more refinements, edit the shape
and try it again.


Sorry for not top loading this response. I wanted to build suspense.

-Tony

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