Thursday, June 28, 2007

Contour Masks

Use this powerful tool to affect precise areas of your image smoothly

Using these tools and strategies, few contours will elude your definition. You'll be able to define complex contours efficiently and precisely.


Contour Masks 1) The Magic Wand tool makes quick work of simple selections.

Contour Masks 2) The Magnetic Lasso tool can be used to define slightly more challenging contours.

Contour Masks3) Color Range is excellent at isolating specific hues, but selections made with it typically require additional contrast and/or manual refinement to eliminate shades of gray.

Contour Masks 4) A contrast mask can be that basis for a contour mask.

Contour Masks 5) The contrast mask with accentuated contrast.

Contour Masks 6) The final mask with unwanted values brushed away.

Contour Masks 7) The filter Maximum expands a contour.

Contour Masks 8) The filter Minimum contracts a contour.

Contour Masks 9) The filter Gaussian Blur softens a contour.

Contour Masks 10) Once blurred, a contour can be repositioned and/or hardened using Curves.

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