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Image Masking Service – Definition and Reason we need it.

What is image masking?

Photoshop most essential expansion is layers. Since the first form, the act of separating layers has been a challenge when the technology was not available. Lately, image masking was developed to ease the process of removing the background from a photo. The apart piece of cut off can be used anywhere for various purposes.

Images contain fuzzy hairstyle, blurring edges, transparent objects that need to be cut from its background in a non-destructive way and reveal some portions.

Types of image masking

There are three main types of masking in Photoshop.

  • The layer mask

    This is the typical masking technique people us. In this type, users can change the opacity of multiple portions, hide or show portions in a photo using masking. This is specifically useful in a selected area compare to using the panel that would change the whole picture’s opacity.

    Another feature is that users can change the visibility of layers. Any portions can become invisible or partially visible. If we use color black on the mask, that portion will become a whole transparent revealing the /s. To make it partially transparent, use any greyscale color and adjust the % on the brush toolbar. Select a soft brush to transform smoother edge.

    Clipping mask

    This process used on one layer to determine the transparency of another layer. In this method, place a layer under the layer you wish to make transparent, control the visibility of this bottom layer to highlight the layer on the top. For beginners, it is no easy to classify clipping mask with the layer mask. These two methods are the inverse of each other.

    To clarify, in the layer mask, we use black color on the mask to make layer’s pixel invisible; while clipping mask, if the bottom layer has any pixel in it, the top layer will turn opaque. Oppositely, when the bottom layer is not filled with pixels, the top one remains transparent or invisible.

    Alpha channel masking

    Cutting out operation varies depends on different attributes. Removing background is one of the processes needs a different technique to be applied. Alpha channel masking could be the most complex method to approach. Images contain lots of fuzzy hair or furry areas consume a great deal of time to select the areas with brush strokes. If the background and object meet efficiency of contrast, alpha channel masking could be easily applied.

    In this technique, we use the palate channel to determine which gives the most contrast. We make duplicate when the channel is blue and apply the level to raise the contrast efficiently. In case you want to make it totally black, you can add paint over the inner portion of the new blue channel, then inverse the colors vice versa. In the next step, copy the channel and paste it into a new layer.

    Burn tool and dodge tool make edges with hair/fur darker. Even so, you are able to enhance the quality of the photo with Color Decontaminate. To secure the picture, make a layer before you process for color decontaminate is a destructive technique. Generally speaking, Alpha Chanel Masking is a complicated practice that requires a lot of knowledge.

Why we have to mask images?

Masking technique is widely used among photographers and designers who need to use different backgrounds in their pictures to impress the audience. Common people also use this service for various purposes like detaching an unwanted portion, splitting an item off a picture or adding a more attractive background to their photos. Image masking hence reduces the cost when a photoshoot would not require to commute to the desired background for low budget customers. There are tons of reasons we can’t deny the usefulness of image masking, includes:

To hide and show

Image masking is the best option for people who wish to make a separation in between different portions in one picture. People who wish to conceal some parts of the photo, image masking can control the transparency of the selected area to make it darker or lighter.

To remove background

Objects with translucent background are challenges. It’s when image masking comes in handy. The technique with sufficient tools removes messy backgrounds with glass or mesh type with transparency over the image.

To adjust an area

In the situations where you need to change color in some parts of an object. Using image masking to make the area visible then add any modification like color correction, brightness adjustment, or exposure correction.

To approach a damage-free technique

While cutting and cropping cause obvious harm to the image, masking brings a non-destructive process. This practice gives advantages for later tuning the masks whenever you want to go back. Cutting an object causes path on it that makes it unable to add more adjacent to the area in the long run.

To add excitement for a collage

Applying masking using soft brushes and gradient of grey will make a smoother transition among the pictures in one collage. This method adds more exciting effects to the collection.

As a rising company in graphics and designing, Smart Clipping is proud to provide the image masking service done by our dedicated people who own professional skill and are passionate about creativeness. We ensure every service completed with great happiness and satisfaction. Here we offer some suggestions with our Image Masking Service.

  • Remove background from hairy images. (Men and Women)
  • Isolate selected objects out of the background (in glass)
  • Create transparency deprived of distorting the translucency
  • Change or add custom backgrounds
  • Remove background colors from translucent pictures
  • Masking on semi-transparent chiffon or muslin
  • Create ads, magazine covers, and other items with models
  • Save complex silhouette selection of images for later use
  • Create Dropping Shadows of the Desired Image to work easily with fine edges
  • Images with raising and flying hairs (hair masking),
  • Animals with furry coats (g., Lion) (fur masking),
  • Translucent objects like glass, smoke, lightning, highlights, etc.
  • Fine-edge Jewelry,
  • Natural substances (trees, landscapes, flowers, etc.), and more.
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