In this Photoshop Quick Tip I show how you can control gradient masks with amazing power making them extremely flexible and precise.
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Edge masks target only the contours in an image. (Think of edge masks in Photoshop as the creative sharpening equivalent to the Masking slider in ACR or Lightroom’s capture sharpening.) They keep smooth areas smooth, while accentuating the contrast/sharpness of contours. They can be particularly useful for images that contain moderate to significant amounts of noise. In many cases, they allow the use of more aggressive applications of sharpening effects. Edge masks can help you take all of the creative sharpening effects you design up a notch – or two.
Deke McClelland – Photoshop CS5 Refine Edge
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Jan Kabili – Photoshop CS5 Improved Selecting & Masking
Terry White – Photoshop CS5 Edge Detection / Selecting Hair
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Bryan O’Neil Hughes demos CS5’s new improved edge detection and masking.
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Edge was critical throughout the entire process of composing Triple Goddess. First there was contour. What shape would the stone finally take? The original had been buried in sand. The stone was far too large to dig out, so I cut away the background that threatened to envelop it. This made certain determinations of shape. It may even have been the shape the sand made out of the stone that first attracted me to it. Had I seen the entire stone I might not have been so drawn to it. To date I have no idea what the full stone looks like, as I was only able to see a portion of it …
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