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Photoshop Series:
    Using Masks To
Remove Backgrounds
This deck functions as a template we can provide faculty and staff who are interested in
teaching their peers.

I’ve broken it down into three main sections:




 1      An Introductory Section, which introduces the technique
        and explains how it can help them in the classroom.




  2                A Tutorial Section, which gives a detailed step-by-step
                   process of how to do the technique, using lots of screen
                   grabs and embedded videos.




                     3         And finally a resource/contact section, which will house a
                               compilation of external links, Technology and Learning
                               contact info, and references if they need additional help or
                               materials.
This tutorial will teach you a few basic tools in Photoshop
    to help you remove the background from images
                and create transparencies.
This can mean the difference between this:
And this:
Which one would you prefer to have
      in your presentations?
What is masking?



[Masking is a Photoshop technique
that does exactly what a mask does:
   it hides portions of something,
        while revealing others.
                                      ]
[
We can use this technique to ‘hide’
  elements of our background,
 making them look transparent.        ]
[
The cardinal rule to remember when
  making a mask in Photoshop is:
                                     ]
[   Covering part of an image in black will
       ‘hide’ that portion, seemingly
                  erasing it.                 ]
[      Think of it as painting something
    with magic paint that turns whatever it
              touches invisible.              ]
[   A helpful phrase to remember
     when working with masks:      ]
[   Black as night, hides from sight.
         When white’s in view,
        you see right through!          ]
Tools used       Screen Example




                          Step1:


             [
             Using the brush tool, begin drawing
              over the white space of the image.
                                                   ]
Leaf




       [   With the right search terms, you
               can often save yourself
                     a lot of work.
                                              ]
Leaf png




      [     When searching for your image,
                                             ]
           add the letters png after the word.
Leaf png




      [    This will narrow the search to
              file names associated
                  with png images.          ]
Leaf png




      [    Sometimes your image will already
              have a clear background,
               saving you lots of work!        ]
[         Related Presentations:

    Chris Heard’s You Tube, You Teach   ]
[             Stock Images:

              SXC and Flickr            ]
[      If you have further questions,
       make an appointment with the
    Technology and Learning team here.  ]
Bubble: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1359366
Leaf: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1368491
Fence Painting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kansasexplorer3128/222516796/sizes/o/in/photostream/
Mask: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/678555

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Removing backgrounds in Photoshop

  • 1. Photoshop Series: Using Masks To Remove Backgrounds
  • 2. This deck functions as a template we can provide faculty and staff who are interested in teaching their peers. I’ve broken it down into three main sections: 1 An Introductory Section, which introduces the technique and explains how it can help them in the classroom. 2 A Tutorial Section, which gives a detailed step-by-step process of how to do the technique, using lots of screen grabs and embedded videos. 3 And finally a resource/contact section, which will house a compilation of external links, Technology and Learning contact info, and references if they need additional help or materials.
  • 3. This tutorial will teach you a few basic tools in Photoshop to help you remove the background from images and create transparencies.
  • 4. This can mean the difference between this:
  • 6. Which one would you prefer to have in your presentations?
  • 7. What is masking? [Masking is a Photoshop technique that does exactly what a mask does: it hides portions of something, while revealing others. ]
  • 8. [ We can use this technique to ‘hide’ elements of our background, making them look transparent. ]
  • 9. [ The cardinal rule to remember when making a mask in Photoshop is: ]
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  • 12. [ Covering part of an image in black will ‘hide’ that portion, seemingly erasing it. ]
  • 13. [ Think of it as painting something with magic paint that turns whatever it touches invisible. ]
  • 14. [ A helpful phrase to remember when working with masks: ]
  • 15. [ Black as night, hides from sight. When white’s in view, you see right through! ]
  • 16. Tools used Screen Example Step1: [ Using the brush tool, begin drawing over the white space of the image. ]
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  • 19. Leaf [ With the right search terms, you can often save yourself a lot of work. ]
  • 20. Leaf png [ When searching for your image, ] add the letters png after the word.
  • 21. Leaf png [ This will narrow the search to file names associated with png images. ]
  • 22. Leaf png [ Sometimes your image will already have a clear background, saving you lots of work! ]
  • 23. [ Related Presentations: Chris Heard’s You Tube, You Teach ] [ Stock Images: SXC and Flickr ] [ If you have further questions, make an appointment with the Technology and Learning team here. ]
  • 24. Bubble: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1359366 Leaf: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1368491 Fence Painting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kansasexplorer3128/222516796/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Mask: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/678555