CS2 Noob: How do I make a simple mask?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Stefan, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Guest

    Hello group.

    Being a total noob about PS, I downloaded CS2 tryout some time ago (I
    know, I know, CS3 is available now...) but I still haven't figured out
    how to do a simple mask that covers my needs:
    I have an image that I want to use as texture. Then I want to create a
    mask that is shaped like a trapez and be able to set the size in
    milimeters (or inches or whatever; just to set it to a specific size
    instead of dragging it with the mouse).
    Can someone tell me how to do this or am I using a completely wrong
    program for this task?

    Best regards
    Stefan, Aug 4, 2008
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    John Guest

    Help menu. Type in MASK.

    Fer gods sake, you paid an arm an leg for the software, so USE it!
    John, Aug 5, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Masking is a type of advanced command which may require you to know or
    master few basic commands before you can be able to learn the "Mask". And
    it won't be easy to post the whole book on Usenet hoping you may be able to
    catch some.

    So, I think GOOGLE probably is the best way for you to understand what
    Masking is, and you should be able t learn much quicker by watching the
    Video Tutorial than reading few quick answer which usually only help *if*
    you already know some basic.

    And I would suggest to watch several to *understand* what Masking is
    about, or may not be a good idea to learn some specicifc method which may
    and may not work well for you. But whatever you may watch, I would suggest
    you to master the Brushing technique cuz it's a very basic but very useful
    on Masking (and it may take few months or few years of working to master the
    brushing depending on the level's you wanna archive).
    Joel, Aug 5, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Masking is nothing more and nothing less then the masking tape used
    when painting your lounge wall. You did stick masking tape to the part
    that had to be protected, didn't you? The part you wanted another
    color on? And you removed the masking tape afterwards and stuck it
    elsewhere for the rest of the alterations, didn't you?
    In fact uncle Joel, masking is another one of the selecting tools.
    A very sophisticated one, granted, but still a selecting tool.
    Dave, Aug 5, 2008
  5. Stefan

    Stefan Guest

    Help menu. Type in MASK.

    I'll try that.

    As I said, I downloaded the try out to see if it could do the job.

    I'll get back with some more intelligent questions if I get lost in the
    help ;-)

    Stefan, Aug 5, 2008
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    babypink2807 Guest

    I am sorry, but I am also new to this group and we all have to start
    somewhere. Like learning to drive, people forget were were are
    learners once and needed help and advice so why not go to the right
    place? Its easy to chastise those who may ask a dumb question, but if
    you dont ask you probably will never know.

    Give us newbies a chance, you were there at one time :-D

    By the way I may have asked also some dumb questions earlier, but I
    sure appreciated the help.
    babypink2807, Aug 5, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    Baby girl
    it's not that the questions are dumb
    your questions are just about very BASIC techniques
    so people here are saying there is already an ABUNDANCE of info about these
    and so many already written and filmed tutorials if you will GOOGLE
    or look in the HELP (you tube has many many vids)
    Adobe website has MUCHO Materials and instructions

    the things you are asking are very elementary to using PS well
    it is wise to spend as much time as possible learning selections and masks
    (properly no shortcuts) as this is the MOST important technique you will
    need for almost any image manipulations of the more complex sort...

    open a picture
    make a new layer above it and fill with a color like blue
    then click the little rectangle with a circle inside at bottom of layer
    this makes a white thumbnail next to your blue layer
    now click the thumbnail to activate painting on the MASK not the layer
    take a paintbrush in black and paint on the mask (not the blue)
    to reveal the layer below

    this erases the above layer visually but it is still there if edit is needed
    any part can be "put back " by using the white brush on the layer

    selecting areas with wand or marquee and then click mask will make an auto
    filled mask
    \TRY IT

    erasing will work but will give you grief later, trust me
    KatWoman, Aug 5, 2008
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    keepout Guest

    Well here's something you should have learned from any news group. How touse a
    kill filter.
    I think you're posting from google groups, meaning that's where you're getting
    the posts also.
    So just use the spam filter and ignore that jerk. He obviously has nothing to
    contribute, and feeding his ego, only fills this group more unnecessary spam.
    For future reference he's what's known as a troll for generic identification in
    other news groups. Kill filters are good for only a few times, since they
    change nyms more often than their underwear.
    No fun shouting into a vacuum. Takes a few weeks till they find out they're
    using a killed nym cause no one is responding to them.
    Or just hit your next key. Either one stops this endless spam.
    keepout, Aug 5, 2008
  9. I have contributed more here than you have. So, OP, add keepout to your
    John Stafford, Aug 5, 2008
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    Tim Tayshen Guest

    I've been able to get some answers from people in this group, but I'm
    amazed at some of the questions that arrive here, when basic information
    on how the program works, available from You Tube, dozens of tut sites,
    the public library or, as many have suggested, the Help file, would deal
    with them.

    As for the driving analogy, some of the questions are like asking a
    driving instructor how to make the steering wheel get the car to go onto
    a new street.
    Tim Tayshen, Aug 5, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    He is not yet where you are. People making stupid remarks like this
    are not worthwhile to respond to. Follow the directions KatWoman
    pointed out...
    and remember, there are no dumb questions but only dumb answers.

    Dave, Aug 5, 2008
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    keepout Guest

    If you'll notice there's not a lot of support in actually answering how to
    create a mask.

    Because no one knows how to create a mask..
    Now Trolling, this groups full of them.
    keepout, Aug 6, 2008
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    Mike Russell Guest

    As sure as anything, someone will post tomorrow, or the next day, asking
    the same exact type of questions that you are complaining about right now.

    No matter how much we gripe, newbies are not going to know anything about
    what's been asked here before, and that includes complaints from the
    regulars about the level of the questions. In many cases they won't know
    how to phrase their question effectively, much less google for it.

    Everyone who's been around here for more than a few months knows all this.
    So what's the real reason to complain about newbies? IMHO it's a form of
    group bonding behavior. We define our association by poking fun at people
    who don't have their bearings yet - the one's who don't belong.

    IMHO taking a swipe at newbies is a mild form of net bullying. It
    subtracts from the value of this group, particularly because it's done by
    people who should know better.

    The tone of the group depends on the regulars here, not the newbies. The
    solution is as old as Usenet itself - when a dumb question comes up, either
    ignore it or try to help with a pointer to a youtube or a tutorial.
    Mike Russell, Aug 6, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    If you'll notice there's not a lot of support in actually answering how to
    create a mask.

    Because no one knows how to create a mask..
    Now Trolling, this groups full of them.

    --answered her with EXACT and explicit directions

    see above
    KatWoman, Aug 6, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Are you the same stupid Dave I beat so many times?
    Joel, Aug 6, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    I am the headmaster in the reform school where you grew up, arshole.
    Dave, Aug 6, 2008
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    KB Guest


    Masks are usually derived from a selection and selections can be
    created from a path, you can create a path right in PS or in
    Illustrator and paste it into PS.

    Try starting using the vector based path tool so you can build and
    tweak the basic shape as you see fit, this will save you the grief of
    having to free hand it with the marquee selection tool. Once you have
    a path built to the shape and position you like, convert it to a
    selection and save as a Alpha channel, for further editing with your
    airbrush or erase tool if need be.

    KB, Aug 6, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Yup! the same stupid Dave alright.
    Joel, Aug 7, 2008
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