Photoshop 101 - The quick-mask mode

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Hi everyone and today i'll be showing you how to use the quick mask tool in Photoshop, The quick mask tool is handy for adding and subtracting from different selections, it allows a lot more control over the selection as you "paint" in what you need, as always i'll include pictures and step by step instructions as we go, so without further ado lets Photoshop.

1. First thing to do as always is to open the image that you'll be editing, for those who don't know, go to "File - Open" then select the file you want to edit or use the shortcut "Ctrl + O". For this tutorial i'll be using a picture of some sunflowers.

2. Press "Q" and notice that the end of the tab will switch, it will switch to say "(Quick Mask/8)", This now means that we are in quick-mask mode.

3. Now make sure that the two colours to the left are set to Black and white (as these are the defaults needed), if not press the two little squares to reset them back to this. This is important because these two colours will allow us to paint in the selection for what we want.

4. The next step is to select the brush tool by pressing "B", once selected make sure the colour is set to black (if not hit "X" to switch), then paint on the image, it will turn red, don't be alarmed by this as this is whats meant to happen, this is taking it out of the selection that we are making.

5. If you want to see the selection that you have made thus far, just simply hit "Q" to exit out of the quick-mask mode and you'll see the flashing lines (or dancing ants as they're known).

6. The next step would be to use the quick mask tool to paint in the selection, if at any point you make a mistake and accidentally paint something red that should be simply hit "X" to change the colour on the left to white and paint what should be in the selection.

7. Once you have gone around as much or as little as your image as you want, you are finished, all you have to do next is hit "Q" for one last time and you selection will be placed around everything that is not red, The good thing with using the quick-mask mode is that it can be used in conjunction with other selection tools, so if you cant get one part of an image selected use this mode and you can paint it in.

That all for today, as per usual if you have any question or anything comment below and follow my blog as next week i'll be showing you how to retouch your photo's to remove blemishes

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