How to Mask Difficult Images in Photoshop

On this video Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE  takes a look at ways to mask a very complex image

When you need to mask a simple image on a solid background extracting your subject might not be difficult, however when you are faced with a complex subject on a complex background you might need some assistance.

Smith stat his selection with the color range (select>color range). The next stage is using the mask (Smith changes the mask color to yellow which is easier to wok with on this specific image. One of the big points of this video is that you can do the masking in several stages – doing everything in one stage can be hard, but doing this in a step by step way – even very complicated images can be masked successfully.

You can check out other advanced videos we have published demonstrating the use of layer masks in Photoshop.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can find more PhotoshopCAFE videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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