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Step 2-
Apply a Basic Quickmask

With the parameters set, its time to create our first Quickmask selection

Creating a Basic Quickmask Selection

  1. Click on the Quickmask icon to enter the Quickmask mode.
  2. Select the paintbrush tool from the toolbox, choose a brush size appropriate for the area to be selected, and select black as the foreground color.
  3. Begin painting the area to be selected. You will notice that Photoshop paints the mask over the area as you paint.
  4. To erase any of the mask, select white as the foreground color and paint over the area to be deleted. You will notice that the mask disappears as you do this.
  5. When the mask covers the appropriate area, click the Exit Quickmask icon to convert the masked area to a selection. (Please note that all areas except the mask will be selected in this step if you selected Color Indicates Masked Areas in the set up procedure).

Figure 18.2- Applying a mask in Quickmask mode.

Rather than painting a large or complex area from scratch, you may find it
beneficial to select part of an area with Photoshop's conventional selection
tools to start with, fine tuning things with Quickmask a bit later.

To do this you simply make a selection and click the Quickmask mode button
to enter Quickmask mode. The current selection will be converted to a mask.
The magic wand tool is an excellent selection tool to start with, as the proper
tolerance setting can select much of the desired area if it's set right. Another
approach could be to use the Marquee tool and shift-select large blocks of
a selection before entering Quickmask mode.


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Created: Feb 14, 1999
Revised: Feb 14, 1999