Photoshop : Select and mask

Making good and precise selections and masking elements are one of the most important and hardest techniques in photoshop. This is where a lot of people struggle and always doesn't get the results they would like.

Photoshop : Select and mask -workshop gives you all the needed techniques and tools so you can isolate pretty much any element from the background.

Welcome to the world of masking along with internationally awarded retoucher / digital artist Antti Karppinen


Photoshop : Select and mask

Making selections and masking is definitely one of the most important techniques when retouching images. Usually simple elements are easy to separate from the background but what about transparencies, hair, fur and other fine details. These are the places where the problems usually starts and you don't get the results you need. 

In this workshop we will go through all the needed techniques that will help you cut out pretty much any element from the background so you are able to replace that. 

With these techniques your retouching process will be faster and you will save time and your nerves and your images will look much more polished. 

You will learn :

All the basic tools to make selections

How to use and mask Adjustment -layers 

How to make color or contrast based selections 

How to use Select and mask -tool

How to mask hair, fur and other transparencies

Powerful tool Blend IF

And various PRO TIPS from a working pro

Photoshop : Select and mask

Basics of selecting and masking

What are masks and selections. How to use them? 

Basic tools of making selections

All the basic tools to make different kind of selections and how to modify them

Special selections

Color or contrast based selection tools and how to use them

Select and mask tool

You will learn how to use powerful tool of select and mask that will speed up your process

Hair and transparencies

How to mask hair and other transparencies with different techniques.

Blend if

What is Blend If? You will learn how to use this powerful tool to mask certain elements in your picture.

Pro tips

You will learn various tips and tricks for masking from a working pro. How to mask glass, use blending modes, isolate shadows and how to use luminosity masks.

Full Workshop Content (2 hours 20min)


- What are selections and masking and how to use them.

Basic tools 

- How to make selections

- Different tools for making selections

- Modifying selections

Masking adjustment -layers 

- How to edit only a part of the image by using adjustment layers 

Color and contrast based tools for making selections

- Magic Wand

- Quick Selection Tool

- Select Subject

- Color Range

Select and Mask -tool

Hair and other transparencies 

- How to mask hair and other transparencies

- Select and Mask -tool

- How to get rid of fringing

- Masking with Channels

Blend If

- Powerful tool Blend If


- Masking glass 

- Shifting the mask edge

- Blending modes 

- Isolating shadows

- Luminosity masks

About Antti

Antti is internationally awarded Digital artist / commercial photographer / educator from Finland. He belongs to a new generation of image artisans, to whom all things are possible. 

Main merits include World Photographic Cup (WPC) gold medal in illustrative category and FEP Golden camera also from illustrative category. He has been touring with his workshops all over Europe and his images and tutorials has been published in various blogs and magazines.

Additional content and features

DAMC Community

You can ask questions from Antti and the AliasEDU team.

Any device any time

Your class will play in any modern browser and will be available with mobile and desktop users.

You can also download each section to your own computer for Offline watching.


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