Editing a selection within a mask

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Editing a selection within a mask

Post by GeoffwithaG »

I found an effect I'm trying to reproduce in PaintShop Pro, but I'm stuck at the edit selection phase. Is there a work around for this? I'm following this Photoshop tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXtMmdq ... Ximperfect

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Re: Editing a selection within a mask

Post by LeviFiction »

Three things I will point out, unlike Photoshop PSP groups don't have a fall-through option. So when grouping adjustment layers you need to include a copy of the image as the adjustment layers won't be affecting anything otherwise. Also PSP masks don't have a dynamic feather option. You have to blur the mask using Adjust -> Blur -> Gaussian blur so you can paint with black to get rid of highlights without needing to resort to weird grouping solutions. And adjustment layers don't have blend ranges so not entirely sure how to duplicate using the blend range though it would probably get a little silly.

Editing a mask is as simple as grabbing the pick tool and setting the mode to "Free" then dragging the nodes.

I know you didn't ask for a full conversion of the tutorial but here's my attempt and instructions for PSP.

Here's a video (sorry, no sound): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WquwJM ... sp=sharing
And here are the steps
1) Add curves adjustment layer, set it to darken the image

2) With a large brush, black color, hardness 100%, cover as much of her as you can and click to mask out that area of the effect, you can even set the thickness to make it more oval from the beginning. I didn't but it's an option

3) With the adjustment layer still selected grab the pick tool, set mode to "Free"

4) Distort the mask until you have it as you like it

5) Now to add the "Feather" you have several options but my preference is to just use Gaussian blur. Adjust -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur. Though you will be limited in the size of the blur it seems to work with this image just set it high until you like the result

6) Duplicate the curves adjustment layer. Hit the "invert mask area" button the layers palette to invert the mask.

7) Adjust the curves to brighten the image

8) Grab a soft brush and on the adjustment layer brush away any excessive highlights.

Now, you can be done here, but to do the blend ranges I came up with the following solution. Duplicate the original image and the darken curves adjustment. Group the duplicates together. Now group the lighten curves adjustment with the dark group. Select the top most group layer and use it's blend ranges to let the original darken curves adjustment come through.