Masks and extraction in Photoshop

Masking And Extraction Master Class



Course Overview

This course will take you through ALL the methods of masking and extraction, from marque, lasso, magic wand, quickmasks, layer masks and even more. This 3 hour in-depth course will teach you everything you need to know to make detailed selections for compositing or color correction. You will even learn a custom made method of selection that uses blending modes. If you want to know how to use masks and select things in high detail, this course is your answer! This course includes 5 RAW files, 26 royalty free stock photos, and all the PSDs to follow along.




3 Hours 11 Minutes


Intermediate - Advanced


Adobe Photoshop


Sharp outlines with the Pen Tool

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the pen tool to make precise paths that make sharp extractions.

Mask Basics

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of masks, how to create a layer mask, both bitmap and vector as well as some rudimentary selection tools. You will also be introduced to the quick mask mode.

Basic Selection Tools

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the magic wand tool, add/subtrack/intersect selections and a quick overview of the quickmask mode.

Refine Edge & Matting

In this lesson, you will learn how to turn a rough selection into a detailed outline (of hair) and how to remove white or black matting.


In this lesson, you will learn how to master Quickmasks, creating selections using the brush and painting tools to get very accurate selections.

Selection by color

In this lesson, you will learn how to make selections based on colors. 3 different methods of selection by color that are useful in various cases. You will also learn how to use the focus selection.

Advanced Extraction

In this lesson, you combine all the above methods and then use a technique I created to extraction that uses layer blending. Advanced, but very high-end results.


In this lesson, we take 3 of the photos we outlined and make composites. Sine they are already outlined, the composites get done very quickly!


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