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September 3, 2019

(magical jingle) Well hey everybody, I’m Nathaniel Dodson
from welcome right into this Photoshop tutorial
where today we’re going to take a look at the Quick
Masking Mode and just useful and awesome it really can be.
If you don’t know about Quick Masking, you really ought to know
so check this quick tutorial out. If you do enjoy the video
make sure you subscribe to my channel… or please, I should say
PLEASE subscribe to my channel because I’d really love to have you stick
around and check out more of the videos that we make here.
Alright, without further ado Let’s jump into Photoshop and check this thing out! Alright, here we are in Photoshop ready to
check out the mighty little Quick Mask Mode and all that it has to
offer. Quick Mask Mode: I think it’s the perfect
way to quickly-hence the name-create selections or even modify existing
selections that you’re working on. It’s really an undervalued tool here in
Photoshop. The Quick Mask Mode button is this little
icon here at the bottom of our toolbar or you can quickly enter the Quick Mask
Mode by hitting the letter “Q” That’s kind of my preferred way. Before
we do that, though, let’s double-click on the Quick Mask icon and that’s going to
open the tool’s options for us. In this little dialog box that appears,
I can choose what the color indicates, (whatever that means) and I can also
choose the color, well, follow me here. I like to get away from the default
“Masked Areas” selection that you probably have and instead I like to choose the
“Selected Areas” option. You’ll see exactly what this means in just
a moment. I also don’t mind the standard red overlay
color, but I might push mine up to 80% opacity or so, just to make it a little bit more visible. Now, we can go ahead and enter the Quick
Mask Mode, quickly, by hitting the letter “Q” on our keyboard. I’m going
to grab my Brush tool and I’m going to make sure that I’m using just a
large, hard-edged brush to begin with and I’ll adjust the exact size of the
brush tip by using the “[” & “]” keys to make it either larger or smaller. Then
I’m going to attempt to paint over this little guy’s trunks in an effort to
copy them off of this layer and pop them up onto a new layer. Once
I’ve painted over the trunks entirely all I have to do is hit the letter “Q” and
it’s going to convert my painting to a selection. So it’s sort of like a paint-on
selection. Now, quick side note here: This is why I chose the “Selected Areas
choice in the Quick Mask options. The default option will select everything
in the document EXCEPT what you paint. To me, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. I
find that it’s far more intuitive, for me, at least, (and useful) to know that
whatever I paint over, that’s what’s
going to be selected. With this selection active, we can now
use the hotkey Cmd/Ctrl + J to copy his little swim trunks up onto a new
layer. I’ll drag the trunks out over the water so we can see the edges of the
selection. Look at this: because we used a hard-edged brush, the selection isn’t
very natural or pretty to look at it’s very, sort of, hard-edged, right? It
also may help in this case to open our Quick Mask options and choose an
overlay color OTHER than the default red so I’m going to go with green here. Now,
if we used a softer-edged brush here, in fact, the softer the edge of the brush,
the more “feathered” that edge of our selection will be and zoom in a little
bit more. I’ll change the size of the brush, take a little bit more time to
paint around the edges of his trunks and we’ll get a much more natural-looking
selection, something a lot nicer. Also, if you paint over an area that you
don’t want selected, hit the letter “X” and it’ll swap your foreground and background
color and it’ll make your foreground color white, and white will paint away selection.
So, black paints selection on, white will paint the selection away. Now, we can hit the letter “Q” and it’s
going to load this new painting as a selection and I’m going to add a Hue
Saturation adjustment layer here and I’m going to shift the color of his
trunks to more of a blue hue, maybe I’ll desaturate them a little
as well as well and just try to, I don’t know, match
the rest of the image or something just have a little bit of fun with it. Now, one quick side-tip before I let you
go: You can already have a selection active and enter the Quick Mask Mode
to further tweak and clean up that selection. Let’s say I’ve used the Quick
Selection tool and selected this little guy and his little inner tube
I could hit the letter “Q” with that selection active and enter the Quick Mask
Mode. You can see how he’s covered by the green overlay already, but here I could
grab my Brush tool and maybe paint with like a huge, soft-edged brush and
the foreground color is set to white and use that to sort of fade the bottom of
the selection so only the top half of this boy in his floating tube got selected.
Then I hit the letter “Q”, load the selection and it looks like a hard edge
there, but it’s got this massive fade on it. Looks simple enough, but I’m
going to add a Black & White adjustment layer here and we’re
going to adjust this to make the top half of him, we’re going to convert it
to black and white, including his tube. In fact, I’m going to boost the levels of
Red and Yellow and let’s see if we can make the red tube look almost look like
a giant, floating piece of candy. Pretty cool! And you can see with these
couple, simple examples how powerful, fast, and useful Quick Mask can be. And that’s going to pretty much be it folks! If you think this tutorial has brought you
some value, or you liked the video, maybe learned a thing or two, consider supporting
the channel by picking up a copy of my Photoshop course, it’s all about how to
retouch images in Photoshop. I think you’ll really like it. If you do pick up a copy, it helps support
this channel, so for that I thank you so very much. If not, make sure you at least
subscribe to the channel because there is a ton of free videos here on the channel
that you can check out all about photo retouching in Photoshop and all
kinds of other stuff as well. So guys, for Quick Masking, and brushing
on selections, and just some of the little nook & cranny features in Photoshop that
I really think you should know and like and enjoy: THAT’S IT! Get it? Got it? Good! Nathaniel Dodson,, I’ll catch you in the next one!


  • Reply Krabbel8beiner February 13, 2018 at 12:12 am


  • Reply Yussef As February 13, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Dope 🔥

  • Reply Ron Boyd February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Thanks for videos bro! It is much appreciated!

  • Reply Chr1z2 February 13, 2018 at 12:28 am

    2 + 2 is 4 – 1 thats 3, quick mask.

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    Tutvid is the best on Youtube. Period. I've watched a ton of videos over many years and this is my go to channel.

  • Reply Rombout Versluijs February 13, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Whats even better is that while quick mask is active you can simply invert it using cmd or ctrl + i. So you can clean and compare the difference better. I use this tool all the time and have been for years i guess. Was so cool when they added this

  • Reply Falketto February 13, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Any idea on how they achieved the look in this german ad? https://youtu .be/5DbNTkfTi2g they have used this for ages and im unable to replicate this which really bugs me 😅 would be really nice if you could shine some light on that 🙂

  • Reply Adrián Martínez February 13, 2018 at 4:16 am

    In the old days you masked out (paint with black) the areas you didn't want of an image: hence the default option in PS. The logic was covering what you don't want, and revealing what you want. Great tuts, dude!

  • Reply The Mad Mick February 13, 2018 at 5:29 am

    I'm so curious what the little banana icon does!

  • Reply Dennis Kimani February 13, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Hey i want this image i have been looking for it please share.

  • Reply Phil S February 13, 2018 at 7:43 am

    So you made a Black Baby White, oh man SJW are gonna be all over this. I could be wrong tho.

  • Reply legend ah February 13, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Thank you
    What is the version of Photoshop used

  • Reply TESTING CHANEL February 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Racism! This could be said by stupid people.

  • Reply Frank Hernandez February 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Good review and reminder of this under rated and under utilized tool. Thanks!

  • Reply James Harris February 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    That is one cool baby.

  • Reply Raylor February 14, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Man, you need to fix your mic volume. its so loud.

  • Reply Mario Valle February 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    hello, I'm an aspiring graphic designer and some of my pieces are on my Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. please enjoy my posts

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  • Reply moskitoelephant February 21, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this great video, it is awesome, you're a great teacher 😉

  • Reply J W. February 27, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Awesome and informative vid. Big thanks.

  • Reply Zonny Kanjanakuk June 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm


  • Reply CHIBA October 24, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    what i'm expect that it you explain thank bro

  • Reply Judy Woodruff January 1, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    too fast. didn't learn a thing.

  • Reply Chris Kiprovski February 3, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    nice bro

  • Reply Lynx Seraph April 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    4:04 hey hey heeey! Racist alert xD

  • Reply Photoshop Tutorial BD April 9, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    where's the quick mask mode in Photoshop cc 2019?

  • Reply Sergio Bernabé Escobedo July 9, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I'm doing this, but after pressing Q for the 2nd time anything is selected. Not sure what can I'm doing wrong?

  • Reply Vandana gupta August 9, 2019 at 3:47 am

    do u have tutorials on layer and channel mask too!? ur really awesome, this helped a lot 0.0

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