This video I’m going to show you a few techniques to combine selections and save them into like a reusable format so that you can create a mask that you can reuse over and over again in your in your workflow on a particular image.
Video: Creating and Saving Selections in Photoshop!
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- Load the image in Photoshop.
- Click on the Quick Selection tool.
- Make the selection around the tree trunk.
- Press Hold or Alt on the keyboard to make a more accurate selection.
- With the Selection made and to prevent yourself from recreating the same steps click on the the Channel Tab.
- Click on the icon at the bottom that says “Save Selection as Channel.”
- After you saved it you will see an Alpha 1 Channel if you click it you will see how the channel looks like.
- Rename it to Tree1.
- Remove the unnecessary lines by using the brush tool, set the opacity level to 100%.
- Press the Ctrl or Command D on your keyboard to deselect and remove the lines.
- Proceed with the next trees with the sames steps from Step 2-Step 10.
- Combine the three channel into 1 by pressing the Ctrl or Command and click on Channel Tree1.
- By pressing Command and Shift (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift (Windows) click on Tree 2 and Tree 3.
- Click on the icon at the bottom that says “Save Selection as Channel” to save all 3 trees as one channel.
- Select the individual channels and remove it by dragging it down to the bin.
- Press Command or Ctrl on your keyboard to now load this all trees channel as a selection.
- Go back to the layers tab.
- Add a curves adjustment layer.
- This will automatically add the selection to the curves adjustment layer.
- Make the necessary changes on the curves layer and it will only affect the trees.
- Add another curves adjustment layer.
- Invert the layer mask by pressing Command or Ctrl+I.
- Whatever changes you make on this layer will affect the image except the trees.
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