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by joseph motto on Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:50 am
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Someone recently pointed out in one of the forums the 30 Days of Photoshop tutorials and I would like to thank him for doing so. After doing the 30 days I found that I had ongoing problems with getting the hang of masks and of deciding where and when to utilize them. They make a lot of sense for certain types of photography but it seems they are not nearly as beneficial to the processing of wildlife photography in particular. Perhaps I am mistaken. How important are masks to you and when and why do you choose to use them? Just curious.
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by Richard B. on Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:47 am
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Certainly no PS expert. But how i use masks in bird photography is to adjust the whites and darks feather areas to reveal some detail. After doing global image adjustments, I may want to either tone down whites or pull up darks. I make an adjustment layer to make the needed effect, invert the AL mask to black, and use a reduced opacity white brush to brush through the black mask limiting the adjustment to only the specific area or tonality I want to play with. Once the AL is restricted to that particular area or tone, I can reopen the adjustment to fiddle with it some more.

There are probably hundreds of ways to do this selective adjustment. I find this method easy to use.

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