Masking and Channel Techniques

Masking is a better way of removing parts and altering an image without permanently deleting any selections or objects from the original image. This can come in handy if you realize later on that you want to bring that deleted selection/object again and saves you the hassle of having to go back and find the image again and start from scratch!

Image 1 - Brick Wall
Image 1 – Brick Wall
Image 2 - Caution Sign
Image 2 – Caution Sign

These are the first two images we were given and our task was to put the caution sign onto the brick wall and make it look as realistic as possible.

I first simple selected around the caution sign and pasted it onto the brick wall
I first simple selected around the caution sign and pasted it onto the brick wall
Selecting the Caution Layer, I then clicked on the mask tool at the bottom to create a mask on which I will work on
Selecting the Caution Layer, I then clicked on the mask tool at the bottom to create a mask and as you can see a white box appears in the same layer
I then selected a soft brush and started
I then selected a soft brush and slowly started removing the grey material around the sign
Another way of doing this is by selecting the icon on the pallette and then using a hard brush to highlight the caution sign
Another way of doing this is by selecting the icon on the pallette and then using a hard brush to highlight the caution sign

 

 

After you are done, you un-tick the icon again
This is the highlighted area which I want to keep
After you're done with your selection, you un-tick the icon which creates a selection around you caution sign
After you’re done with your selection, you un-tick the icon which creates a selection around you caution sign
Simply invert the selection so that when you press delete the grey material will disappear like so!
Simply invert the selection so that when you press delete the grey material will disappear like so!

 

I then wanted to darken the caution sign in order to make it blend in more with the brick wall.
I then wanted to darken the caution sign in order to make it blend in more with the brick wall.

 

I adjusted some of the values in here to darken the image
I adjusted some of the values in here to darken the image
And this is the final piece!
And this is the final piece!

 

Our second task was to do the same as above but with these two pictures. It seemed like these two pictures wouldn’t work together but I have to say, I quite like the  end product – very artistic!

motorway - night

indian headdress

 

And here is the final product. You can see all my history on the left
And here is the final product. You can see all my history on the left

 

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