Channel Masking | Photoshop

October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

In todays tutorial with Steve we were tasked to cut out and place something onto a new background. This is the image we were given:model

Starting by opening the channels tab, we located which channel had the biggest contrast between the background and the models hair – in this case it was the blue channel. We then duplicated this channel (renaming it mask even though it’s not) and from here we were to adjust the levels so that the background was white. We then proceeded to select the paintbrush tool to black out the model, making sure the gaps in her hair remained white. This meant that we could now switch the paintbrush tool to overlayadjusted the opacity of the image and then paint over the hair again. This finds shades of grey within our image and turns them black if they are over a certain percentage.

The next step was selecting the channel we created and inverting it so that we can make a mask. From here, we can place our new background below the layer. Unfortunately, you might be able to see a white halo outlining the model. To remove this we need to delete the layer mask and channel before repeating the entire process again. Before we can make the mask however, a little refining around the edges is needed. To remove the halo we need to change the edge’s percentage to a negative number and create a 2px feather to help blend the model into the new background.  

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