Masking Out Objects using Photoshop

It’s been 9 months since my last Photoshop Tutorial Video, so I’m super excited to be back on air with an all-new tutorial and other brilliant information.

Today, it’s all about how I Mask Out Objects using Photoshop.

One of the basic rules for Composite Photography, and if not followed shows your skill level, is convincingly masking out objects.

A Bad Mask equals an Average Composite.

Masking Objects with the Brush Tool

My favorite way to Mask Organic Objects (about 85% of the time) using Photoshop, is with a layer mask and the Brush Tool.

I say “Organic”, which really means “People”.

Two (2) things you want to pay attention to for a convincing Mask Job are, 1) the hardness of your brush and 2) pulling a straight line.

Brush Hardness: Through trial and error, I have determined the best Brush Hardness for me is right around 82% for most edges.

Straight Lines: The higher the Brush Hardness, the more critical it is to pull a straight line. Wiggly lines, or jagged lines, are a sure sign your Masking skills need some work.

Clinton Lofthouse Photographer

In this video, I also highlight Composite Photographer, Clinton Lofthouse, who I ran across a few months ago and loved his work.

In such an industry as Composite Photography, where there are so many great artists, it’s super important to be inspired by those doing great work.

I highly recommend you check out, and see how this guy is kick-ass, but in a really cool way.

That’s a Wrap

I hope this video tutorial on Masking Out Objects using Photoshop helps you become better at Composite Photography, and create more convincing work.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email, call, or simply leave a comment below.

Comments (2)

Hello JASON ULSRUD, I watched your video, you did really good but i want to know more about hair masking, please reply with your youtube link. thanks

Thanks for checking out the video. I seldom, however, mask out hair anymore and instead have developed a toolbox of other tricks to help create hair. Here’s a link to my YouTube channel

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