Photoshop Tutorial - Masking With The Shape Tools





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In this video, Mahalo's Photoshop expert Justin Zagri demonstrates how to mask with the Rectangle Tool and subtract unwanted parts of your image.

Photoshop Tutorial - Masking With The Shape Tools

Now that you've successfully covered the area of the cityscape with the Rectangle Tool and created a mask to get rid of any unwanted areas, you'll then want to perfect it. There are obvious areas that need to be covered up. Some of the tools, like the Shape Tools, will help very much. Other tools will be needed to cover more complicated areas.

You can use the Shape Tools to subtract pieces of the image. Select the Rectangle Tool.

Make sure the Subtract from path area button is selected in the top options panel. If you keep the Add to path area button selected, then you'll add more to the mask, and you don't want to do that.

Begin with your cursor at a corner of one of the buildings and drag the mask shape to cover any areas you want to remove. Keep working your way around the corners of the buildings.

If you need to mask an area that an angle, you can make a rectangle mask, press A, then press Ctrl+T (Command+T for Mac) to Transform the object and rotate it. Drag the rotated mask to fit the angle of the building.

You can also save yourself some time and duplicate a mask you've created to use on another angled edge of a building. Select the mask you wish to duplicate and Alt+Click. Press and hold the mouse button as you drag the new mask to the area you wish to remove.

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