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Tuesday Mask Tip

Happy Tuesday everyone,

This blog has been going a few weeks now and I’d really like to know what you do and don’t like about it. Do you read the blog or do you use TipSquirrel as just a links page? How helpful are Tuesday Top Tips? (I openly admit I’m no trainer). Your help would be much appreciated, thank you.

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Tuesday’s Top Tip

This is another of those slap the forehead tips that just seem so obvious…

Masks are a wonderful tool for layers adjustments or selective colouring, but they can be a great design tool too. 

It will come as no surprise to know that the following examples took no more than 2 minutes each. But it does show how big effects can come from the mask.



This is my starting image, no masks.






With the background set to the yellow of the paint I put a mask onto the image layer and shift-clicked (to paint in a straight line) around the outside. The brush was a wet media brush with a big spread and angle jitter.







This time, I ran a Fibres filter then a Swirl filter on the mask







This time I painted the corners very quickly with a wet media brush, made a selection (Ctrl/Cmd+Click) and then ran a cloud filter






Have a great day, see you Wednesday, don’t forget to let me know what you like and don’t like about the site and blog. Thank you.

About Eric Renno (435 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

2 Comments on Tuesday Mask Tip

  1. You’ve got some great stuff here. I like the layout – simplicity is what makes it, the white surroundings draw the attention to the content

    The ability to “automagically” link comments to Twitter is cool (plus I have a particular passion for that word!)

    The Tuesday Top tip is cool too – keep it up, I gave you a shout out on the podcast today too! 😀

  2. I to like your Tips, Tip. Hehe, sorry, couldn’t stop myself there. 🙂 Seriously though, please keep them coming. They are great.

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