Masking images quite literally means putting a ‘mask’ over certain blemishes in a photo and to enhance the portions that make the image perfect. It is a non-destructive process of image manipulation or image editing. It is also much more creative and efficient than other image editing services.
Every image has an edge. Soft edges, hard edges, semi soft edges and as such. Soft edges such as hair or fur which are very difficult to remove, requires a certain combination of clipping path and masking techniques. For hard edges, clipping path masking is used whilst say for semi or naturally soft edges, sometimes it is best to blend the hard and soft areas together.
You may be wondering about the potential uses such masking techniques have. That is a legit question! First of all, often times during editing an image, certain unwanted portions are cut out which perhaps later could have been used. That’s where the beauty of image masking comes in. We can just now mask those areas and easily revert back to them if we want.
Next is perhaps the advantage of making collages! Collages are a great way of showcasing a series of images that tell a story, and using masking techniques with a creative flair (which is the way we roll) can help you achieve that!
Image masking also comes in handy in removing/replacing unwanted backgrounds from translucent objects. Not to mention, image masking is the easier and more effective among other editing techniques.
Now masking is of three types:
- Layer Masking- refers to hiding or revealing certain portions of an image or changing the opacity or density of an image. With a layer mask, an image’s layer can be made to be invisible, or partially visible.
- Clipping Masking- refers to a technique used to determine the transparency of another layer through the use of a layer itself. It uses the exact opposite technique of layer masking
- Alpha Channel Masking- is by far the complex of the three masking techniques. Firstly the object is separated from the image and then edited for color correction, adjustments and other fine tunings. This technique also helps remove unwanted backgrounds from both transparent and translucent objects in an image.
- Transparent objects such as glass which has a low opacity can let light easily pass through. For such images, where the objects are transparent, we make the colors more vivid.
- Translucent objects such as plastic, muslin, sunglasses etc have a high opacity and doesn’t let light pass through. Images with such objects turn out to be fuzzy and blurry, channel masking can help make them clearer.
Other techniques such as object masking to remove any flaws of the object in a photo or color masking, to color correct or color expose an image- we are adept at those too!
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