[identity profile] lauraelizabeth9.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] mondmagique
This is a quick tutorial on how to go from  to   using masks. This is my first ever tutorial, so if you're confused about anything, ask away! Feel free to ask any questions afterwards! :)

1. First, I start out with an image that I've sized down, then copied and pasted onto a blank canvas. I won't go into how I colored it since that's a bit off-topic. 

2. Then I choose a texture/background that I like or make a gradient depending on the image and what I have on hand, and open it in a new tab. This time I chose to make a gradient background since I didn't have a texture that quite matched this image.

3. Next, I copy and past the gradient background ONTO the image. Then I go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. Make sure that the layer with the background is selected when you do this step. In this case, layer 2. Also, there's a little 4-cornered box-type thing that should be around the mask. Make sure it's around the mask, and not the image itself. You can see what I'm talking about if you look at the layers tab below.

4. Now you select the brush tool.

5. The next step is to pick the brush size. Depending on the size of the image, I always go with a rather large brush to start out with, and then I decrease the size as I get closer and closer to Serena's body. First off, I'm going to go with about a 64 px with 51% hardness. with hardness, the lower the percentage is, the softer the brush is. If you go at 100% it's a very hard, clean cut but you have a better chance at cutting things out that you don't want cut out. At 1% hardness, you won't get a clean, crisp cut at all. You might want to start out low to begin with, until you get the hang of masks. That's what I did, and then moved up once I got comfortable. I still don't work with brushes at 100% hardness, it's a little too severe for me. I like to go right down the middle.

6. Now that I've got the brush size picked out, I start brushing over the parts I want cut out. Now, I've gotten as close to Serena as I feel comfortable with this size brush. 
7. Now, I want to go down to about a 19px brush, and slowly take out the rest of whatever I don't want. If i mess up, I just go to edit > undo. Simple. I usually magnify the image when I get down to the nitty gritty like this. On an icon, usually 300-400% but on a large image like this 200% will usually do it. when I get to Serena's elbow, I go down to about a 9px so that I can get into that tight corner. And voila, finished product!
8. Here's a cap of the layer's toolbar up close. Now, you can see that on the mask, everything in white is what I took out, while the black is everything I left in.


Date: 2011-08-10 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scwolf-10k.livejournal.com
I've always gone the complicated way whenever I wanted to take a piece out of a photo and put it on another background. Never thought of using masks before. Thanks for this tutorial, it makes the whole process much easier :)

Date: 2011-08-10 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scwolf-10k.livejournal.com
I sometimes start with the erase tool, and then zoom in and erase the smaller bits and pieces as well. And sometimes I go for cutting the part/person I need. And almost always end up doing it all over because I select a wrong pixel or something lol But when all goes well, I cut the part off, and then go over the edges with the erase tool again, to clean up any extra pixels. It can get annoying sometimes, depending on the photo I'd be working on :)

Date: 2011-08-11 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simplyn2deep.livejournal.com
this way is a bit easier. I liked it.


Date: 2011-08-11 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strikske.livejournal.com
Thank you for this. I always forget about masks and when I'm finished I will remember that masks are easier.

Will add this to my memories and hope I don't forget again;)

Date: 2011-08-11 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sastiel.livejournal.com
Wow! Okay. Thanks so much for posting this AMAZING tutorial! Seriously I'm so happy right now!

Btw: Your coloring is gorgeous!
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Date: 2011-08-12 03:37 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yesalmen.livejournal.com
oh really interesting, I almost always cut the image and put it on a background but learning something new is good.

Date: 2011-08-12 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgafirenity.livejournal.com
I usually just use the erase tool but this is definitely an interesting way to do it. I might have to try it next time.

Date: 2011-08-12 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kateliciously.livejournal.com
Wow, this tut is awesome. I'm saving it and will try it out as soon as my laptop works again :D

Date: 2011-08-12 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haldir-lives13.livejournal.com
This is amazing, thank you so much. I've been doing it the hard way for so long!

Date: 2011-08-13 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ambersuite.livejournal.com
this is very helpful! ty for sharing.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheddingink.livejournal.com
Thank you I think this will be helpful with pictures of real people. My usual method is to use the freehand tool and slowly outline and erase bits of the pictures around my intended subject. This works great with drawn subjects (like an anime screen cap) but not so much with people because we don't have defined outlines.
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Date: 2012-02-07 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xx-lotte.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for this tutorial :)
i was wondering, how did you make that background? Do you normally get your backgrounds from other people? (so yes where?)

Date: 2012-07-23 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nugentyqo.livejournal.com



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