The Layer Mask is your first introduction to working “non-destructively”. Masking will assist you in covering up or revealing pixels all the while keeping every pixel intact. You are not deleting, you are simply covering up or revealing. Since this works in grayscale, we will explore its use with black, white, gray and gradients.
(You should already know: I recommend to always have “Transform Controls” checked when moving part of your image. Doing so will help you see what you moving, rotating, or scaling. In this class exercise, we will perfect our skills with this option for the Move Tool on.)
Taking what we have learned with basic transformations, using “Show Transform Controls”, we will now delve further into transformations using the EDIT menu. In the Transform submenu, we can now take distortions to the extreme.
Transform an image using: EDIT – Transform – Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp, Flip Horizontal, and Flip Vertical. Post Examples and your original image too. 800x600px examples
If you CMD+click a thumbnail in the Layers panel, it will select everything in the layer. A great thing to incorporate into your workflow.
- Post 1000×800 px composition where you explore gradients in circular format. At least 6 different gradients.
- Post 1000×800 px composition exploring transformations with an object cut from its background.
- In two files, each with three images. Use layer masking techniques to cover up image and reveal background. Use brush, gradient tool and selections, painting in white, black and grey. Remember using masks is working “non-destructively”. Black covers up and white reveals. Transform an object by duplicating and mirroring like we did in the “Bridge” composition.