Photoshop Tutorial for Fashion Design (Part 13)
Quick Mask Mode, Change Screen Mode
- Create precise selections to separate parts of the image
using freehand tools like pencil and brush
- Use second document window for preview
- 0:08 Quick Mask Mode
- 1:27 Erasing Areas in Quick Mask
- 2:02 Preview Window
- 2:47 Quick Mask Continued
- 3:18 Quick Mask Options
- 4:15 Change Screen Mode
Below the color boxes is a very powerful selection feature: Edit in Quick Mask Mode. I use it when I need to create a precise selection and all the selection tools failed. To use it, click on the icon to enter the Quick Mask mode. Make sure the foreground and background colors are shown as black and white, respectively. If the foreground color shows in the shade of grey, like mine, click on the default color icon to set it to black. Then choose pencil or brush tool from the toolbox and paint over the desired area.
By default, quick mask uses transparent red to represent the masked area. Adjust your brush or pencil settings if necessary or switch between the tools. Use the Zoom tool to zoom in for pixel precision and the Hand tool to navigate around your image. Don’t forget to go back to pencil or brush tool and continue to paint until all the areas that you want to be selected are masked. You can also press the space bar for the Hand tool.
To erase the mask from unwanted areas, switch foreground and background colors to set white as the foreground and paint over the unwanted masked areas to delete. Switch foreground and background colors again to continue masking. Use the right-click [control-click] for the pencil or brush option window to adjust the size.
When you are zoomed in so much, it is impossible to see the overall results. This is when the New Window option in the Window menu comes in handy. Let’s open it up: go to Window > Arrange > New Window. So now we have two identical files: one of them we are going to use as the preview. Both files are linked to each other, so any changes that I’ll make in one file will be reflected in the preview. Now we’ll go back to the zoomed-in mode and continue masking. You can see that changes are showing in both windows.
When you are done, click on the Quick Mask icon to exit the mode and Adobe Photoshop will convert your Quick Mask into a selection. If you click on the Quick Mask again Adobe Photoshop will convert the selection back into a mask. This is a very handy feature available with any selection. For example, you can start your selections with a regular selection tool and modify them in the Quick Mask mode which can save a lot of time. In addition, masks can be saved with the file for the future use.
To set the Quick Mask preferences, double-click the icon to access the options window. You can choose between Masked or Selected areas. Masked Area option will convert into a selection the part of the image that wasn’t masked. Selected Area option, the one that I used, will convert into the selection, masked part of the image. Don’t stress out if you forgot to make proper settings. You can always inverse the selection in the Selection menu: Select > Inverse.
And finally, you can change mask color and opacity. That option will have no effect on the selection. I only use it to change mask color to insure the contrast between my artwork and mask for better visuals.
And finally, the last icon in the toolbox: Change Screen Mode. It does the same job as the Screen Mode in the View menu but has easier access. And as I’ve mentioned before, I prefer to work in the Standard Screen mode that allows me to see all my open files.