Using Quick Mask

Using Quick Mask

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Quick Mask in Photoshop



Quick Mask lets you use the Brush tool to make a selection. Painting with white adds to the selection and black subtracts from the selection. You can also use the Brush tool Opacity settings to vary your selection.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Make a rough selection using the Lasso tool.

Step Three

Click the Quick Mask icon and note the color of the unselected area.

Step Four

Choose the Brush tool (b key) and set the foreground color to black (d key).

Step Five

Set the brush Opacity to 100% and adjust the brush size using the bracket keys ([ or ]).

Step Six

Zoom in and paint with black to tighten the selection around the object.

Step Seven

Press the x key and paint in white to expand the selected area.

Step Eight

Once you are satisfied, click the Quick Mask icon to accept the new selection.

Brush Hardness

Varying the brush hardness gives you more control while defining the selection edges.


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