— 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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Welcome & Intro to ON1

Lesson 01  — Masking

Lesson 02 — Textures & Overlays

Lesson 03 — Friday, June 21

Lesson 04 — Friday, June 28

Lesson 05 — Friday, July 5

Lesson 06 — Friday, July 12

Video Download — Instructions

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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!

Your next lesson will be available on June 14, 2019.

Practice Files

To download the practice images, please access your DOWNLOAD PAGE.
You can find the link in your original email receipt, or from this week’s most-recent lesson email.

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


Throughout this course I will be demoing student files to show how to post-process certain techniques. If you would like to submit your own file(s) to be considered for being featured in this course, please use the button below.

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  • Please include YOUR NAME in the filename of ALL uploaded files. For example: young_nicole_1234.cr2, young_nicole_1234.doc
  • To get the most out of your submission, please upload the RAW version of your image.
  • If you have a specific question about your image, such as “how to colorize my black-and-white photo”, please type that in a separate text file and upload it along with your image file WITH THE SAME FILENAME as your image.
  • You must be the copyright owner for all uploaded files.

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