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Essential Skills for Designers - Masking

Learn everything you need to know about masking techniques in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
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  • 6 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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About the course:

Masking is one of the most essential concepts in graphic design and it is the foundation to work non-destructively with layers. Although it is a simple concept it is difficult to understand. This course thoroughly explains everything you need to know about masking techniques in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Starting with the basic concept of masking you can learn lots of advanced creative techniques to work more efficiently on your designs and artwork.

The course includes:

  1. 17 instructional video tutorials
  2. Quizzes about the techniques learnt in each section
  3. Exercise files used in the course to help follow along and practice
  4. Essential Skills for Designers & Career Guide PDF
  5. Design Terminology PDF
  6. Useful Keyboard Shortcuts PDF
  7. Collection of Useful websites for Designers PDF
  8. Certificate of completion

How long will the course take to complete?

This course will take only 2 hours to complete, but it will take some time to put all the techniques into practice.

How the course is structured?

The course is structured into 17 videos, each explaining a specific masking technique or scenario. It is recommended to watch the videos in order of the outline but you can also choose to watch them individually. After each section you can take Quizzes to revise the crucial techniques and definitions learnt on the way.

Why take this course?

Easy. If you want to get a job as a designer either being employed or freelancing, you have to know how to do masking properly. This course will make you very confident about this essential skill for designers. This course is for you if you are planning to take your Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign skills to the next level and want to become a Pro in no time.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner to Professional Photoshop users
  • Freelance Designers
  • Design Interns
  • Design Students
  • Creative Professionals
  • Anyone preparing for the Photoshop Adobe Certified Expert exam
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  • Adobe Photoshop CS3+
  • Adobe Illustrator CS3+
  • Adobe InDesign CS3+
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Exercise Files

To understand masking think of a black paper. If you cut a hole in the paper (white hole) and place it onto an image you will only see the part of the image, which was under the hole.

Black hides, White shows
1 page

Basic masking workflow

Practice what you learnt about the foundation of masking.

Basics of masking
7 questions
Masking techniques with Photoshop
9 Lectures 53:17
Masking adjustments

Creative masking example

Masking with gradients

Masking hair

Masking objects

Effects with Vector masks

Clipping mask

Retouching with masking

Advanced masking with multiple masks

Practice what you learnt about masking in this section.

Masking in Photoshop
10 questions
Masking techniques with Illustrator
2 Lectures 04:40
Clipping mask

Opacity mask

Practice what you learnt in this section.
Masking in Illustrator
5 questions
Masking techniques with InDesign
3 Lectures 11:35
Image in a frame

Clipping mask with frames

Feather effects

Practice what you learnt in this section.
Masking in InDesign
4 questions
2 Lectures 01:56
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About the Instructor
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Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Instructor, and an incredibly talented teacher and one of the most popular author on Tuts+ Network. He has been teaching Adobe applications for several years in classrooms, online courses, seminars and shows around the World. Martin has worked as a designer with companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and DC Comics. He feels it his mission to share his insights of the design industry and its latest trends with beginners and creative professionals around the World.

Visit Martin's website and watch his Design Tip of the Week tutorials and you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter to be updated about his latest projects.

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