Three weeks ago today, I posted a free half-hour video to my buddy Scott Kelby’s blog. Titled “The Essential Approach to Masking,” the above video documents the way you approach a typical masking project in Photoshop, from real-world beginning to bitter-sweet end. To quote one of Scott’s fans: “It’s like Mercedes would offer their clients a test-drive in the new BMW.” Except that I drive a beat-up Jeep. Go figure.
Today, I make available to members of dekeOnline two special files: The full-resolution downloadable video and a layered Photoshop file.
For starters, here’s the lightly compressed, full-resolution, 1280 x 800-pixel, 53MB (big!), download-to-own QuickTime movie. Right-click the link and choose Download or Save Link As to copy it to your computer’s hard drive. (You’ll need QuickTime to view the movie.) Invite the family, gather the friends, pop the corn, and feel the masking love. Yes, I know, today is not the 8th of July (as insisted by the video). But it is the 29th of July, just three weeks later.
As if that’s not enough, here’s the 1280 x 1280-pixel layered Photoshop file that I used in the movie, as pictured below. Again, right-click the link (or the pic below) and choose Save Link As or Download for the best results.
The Photoshop file includes three images (girl, sky, and fireworks) from bargain image vendor Fotolia.com. Every layer and channel is here. To walk your way through the step-by-step process, choose Window > Layer Comps and click on the right arrowhead icon at the bottom of the Layer Comps palette.
Some notes about the video:
- The photo of me comes from Jacob Cunningham.
- Andy Ta edited the video. (Fun trivia fact: Andy and Jacob are next-door cube neighbors at lynda.com.)
- Keep an ear out for an error in the video at 26:20 (near the end). Revel in one of my classic moments of dislexia, in which I mistake left for right. (At least I didn’t mistake up for down, blue for red, or Photoshop for FreeHand, all actual gaffs from the past.)
Plus, I corrected the spelling of the Reddish layer in the Photoshop file.