Following my video demonstrating how to use On1 Photo RAW 2018 to edit a landscape image, I received a few queries about how I used the masks. How do they work and what are all the sliders for? To help answer these questions, I put together another video.
This time, rather than concentrating on the effects, this one concentrates on using the masking tools in On1. I hope this helps video helps you.
I’ve been hard at work over the past few weeks, writing a new book. The book’s all about getting the best results from the Lightroom Develop Module. What I’ve realised whilst writing is that many people struggle when it comes to making selections using Lightroom. Whilst they can create simple selections, if it’s a little more difficult, they’re put off.
To help, I’ve been creating a series of short You Tube videos giving tips and demonstrate useful techniques. In the latest video I show how to select a tree, so it can be selectively sharpened. It’s a typical challenge where the tree is set against a background, making it difficult to select. The video shows how you can do this using only the Lightroom Adjustment Brush, which has been around for a long time. There is an optional improvement using the Color Range Mask, but it’s not essential.
The videos shown below. I hope you find it helpful.
If you’re a Lightroom user, you may feel that the selection tools aren’t great. They certainly lack the precision you can achieve in Photoshop. As I’ve been writing my latest book (not surprisingly it’s on Lightroom), I’ve been creating some increasingly complex and precise selections. Some even rival what you can achieve in Photoshop using masking.
Rather than just keep this for the book, I decided to publish a couple of videos on You Tube to demonstrate the techniques.
The first shows how to cleanly separate the sky from the ground in an image.
On Friday, I shared a fairly traditional image of the Elizabeth Tower in London. Some people also know this as Big Ben, although Big Ben is the bell inside the clock-tower. Then over the weekend I was working on my next book (“Mastering Photoshop Masks”) and decided to use the image for one of the worked examples. The image above is the result of the editing example in the book. It demonstrates how you can use masks to create very interesting effects in Photoshop.
I’m expecting to release the book in September and have already finished the first draft. This example used a series of layers and blending techniques, together with a simple mask of the clock-tower. I’m not going to say too much more about how to create the image, you’ll need to wait for the book for that. Anyway, I hope you like it as it shows what can be achieved, quite quickly when using Photoshop. The original looks a little boring now in comparison.
I think I might also work on an Affinity Photo version of the book.