Author: Jessica Maldonado

Tip Tuesday: Trim the Fringe

Quite often when masking in Photoshop, you might find a fine halo of darker or lighter pixels around your mask. This might become really obvious when you try to place this masked layer against a high-contrast background. There has been a lot said and written about cleaning up edges, but here’s one surefire method. Command-click (PC: Ctrl-click) on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to select the pixels. Choose Select>Modify Contract, enter 1 or 2 pixels, and click OK. Choose Select>Inverse to invert the selection. Choose Select>Modify>Feather, enter 1 pixel, and click OK. Press X until your Foreground...

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Using “Helper Layers” When Retouching Your Photos
By Scott Valentine

Retouching often requires you to go between extreme detail and looking at the overall image. It can be a real challenge to keep track of everything that needs to be done, especially after a significant amount of time staring at the same image. Even worse, sometimes corrections we make with cloning and healing may leave artifacts behind that aren’t easy to spot. This issue, I’ll show you how to use some “helper layers” that will make it easier both to find areas that need correction and to keep fatigue at bay.

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