There are many features of Photoshop that most people are not familiar with if not they have difficulty using the feature. These features are usually designed to make one job easier but since not everyone have the luxury of time to study the features one by one, they just rely on tips given by their friends. Most of the time also, they only study the feature once they know that they can use it in their work. One of these features is the quick mask tool and if only used properly, it can save hours in editing your work. Here are some tips in using the quick mask tool, a feature of Photoshop.
Quick Mask is a useful tool
For those that are not familiar with this feature, it can actually help you in two ways. First, the Quick Mask tool allows you to edit a selection which you can come up by using some of the selection tools available. Second, Quick Mask can help you create your own mask on top of a subject or a picture. You can add a mask on one part or the entire picture itself.
Steps in using the Quick Mask
The best way to learn this tool is using an example. You can take a picture for example and include it in your selection using the Quick Mask. To do this, go to the bottom of the tools palette. The Quick Mask mode can be chose by pressing Select and press Edit in Quick Mask mode. Once you do this, the Quick Mask mode will now be active. Select the part where you want to include in the selection and go over it just like the paint tool. Once you have selected it, a color overlay will be help you identify the area you have selected. You can then click on the Quick Mask icon to access the palette.
Control in the Quick Mask tool
The brush that you use can be changed by right-clicking on the image and adjusting the size on the Master Diameter. You can increase and decrease the size of your brush. If you want to zoom in your product you can use the Magnifying tool. This is especially useful when you are working on the edge of the selection. To zoom on your picture, you need to select the Magnifying tool and press the Ctrl and the + key on your keyboard. To zoom out, you need to press the – key instead of the + key. You can then continue working on the magnified image.
There are other features in Photoshop that may need to be explored but you will now know the quick mask tool. Remember that you don’t have to pressure yourself in becoming adept in using this tool. With time and with constant practice, you’ll eventually become adept in using this tool. After some time, you won’t realize that you are already adept in using the quick mask tool. You can then use this feature with ease on your next Photoshop task.