|The look of this image was made possible by masking. Rebecca Cornwell, @repinsk on Instagram, shows you how.|
Masking is not impossible -- it just takes time and patience, says mobile photographer and We Are Juxt member Rebecca Cornwell.
"As a self-taught photo editor, I try to find the easiest, most intuitive ways to accomplish the effects I am trying to achieve," Cornwell says. "I know many accomplished photo editors who find masking, defined as protecting a selected area from change, a mystery. I’ve tried masking in a number of apps, but for straight, basic masking I find Superimpose is the simplest."
In this tutorial, Cornwell offers the basics of creating a mask, which you can then use to create a multi-layered image effect, which she demonstrates in another tutorial, Out of the Frame. Cornwell also offers a more intimate look into her imagery on the We Are Juxt site: Not That Kind of Fairy Tale.
Estimated total time:
This process will take from minutes to hours, depending on the complexity of the image to be masked.
Open Superimpose and you will see the home screen. Let's first examine what the buttons represent.
At the top you will see seven tool buttons:
- Library: aAllows you to import your foreground and background layers.
- Export: Use to save your final images.
- Load Mask: Allows you to load an already masked image that you have saved to your mask library.
- Save Mask: Select this to add masked images to your mask library.
There are four tabs at the bottom: Home, Transform, Masks and Filters.
Masking tools, from left to right:
- Eraser: Add back areas that you have removed and would like to put back. You may vary the size of the eraser as well as the smoothness of the eraser’s edge.
- Magic Wand: Remove large areas of color at a time from a general area.
- Color Range: Remove everything from the image that is the same color that you select.
- Brush; This tool allows you to remove everything that you touch (you may vary the size of the brush as well as the smoothness of the brush’s edge).
- Lasso: Allows you to make a loop and mask inside of the loop.
Slide this row of tools to the left to see see additional masking tools, including rectangle, ellipse and gradient masks.
Depending on the image to be masked, its usually best to start clearing the unwanted parts of the image with either the Magic Wand or the Color Range tool.
Select either the Magic Wand or the Color Range tool and touch the area of the image would like to remove.
Keep in mind that if you clear areas by mistake, you can either add them back by undoing your previous clear with the Undo button (the far left option at the top in the Masks tab) or you can add areas back with the Eraser tool by selecting the eraser tool, adjusting the size and touching the area to be added back.
The newly masked image will now appear in your Mask Library. You can select this masked image any time until you remove it from the library.
Masking can be a painstaking process, but it yields amazing results if you are patient.
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