— Lesson 01: Masking —

with Nicole S. Young

Nicole S. Young

Nicole is a photographer and educator based in Oregon. She writes, travels around the world with her camera, and shares her knowledge about photography through her books, training, and online articles.

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Video Download — Instructions

Lesson 01: Masking

This lesson is all about masking! In the first video, I walk through the basic tools on how to mask, and then I show a few technical examples on masking skies, as well as hair. This lesson also includes a student video that shows how to correct distortion in an architecture image. Plus, the weekly Q&A, which I really enjoyed, by the way! Keep those questions coming!

Practice Files

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To download these videos with closed-captioning, please click here (.zip file, 538.5 MB).

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the keyboard shortcuts used in this lesson:

Description Mac PC
Brush tool B B
Change Brush size [ and ] [ and ]
Change Brush feather Shift + [ and Shift + ] Shift + [ and Shift + ]
Perfect Brush Cmd + R Ctrl + R
Toggle Paint in and Paint out Shift + X Shift + X
Perfect Brush, remembers sampled color Hold Cmd key while brushing Hold Ctrl key while brushing
Undo Cmd + Z Ctrl + Z
Select multiple files in Browse Shift key or Cmd key Shift key or Ctrl key