Mask Pictures

Mask Pictures Using Layercake Elements

We mask pictures at LayerCake to make the job of fixing your photos that much easier. Why do we mask pictures? Because it’s the essence of who we are, creating large collections of layered elements that you can easily drag and drop into your photos.

When we mask pictures, the purpose is to extract the subject from the background such as a tree or a rose bush, resulting in a clean subject element on a layer by itself. Anyone can mask pictures from photos that are simple with distinct backgrounds such as a red ball or a toy car on a white background. But in order to mask pictures such as trees or horses with flying tails and manes against a sky or a complicated background, it requires meticulous attention to detail and the eye of an artist to mask pictures like LayerCake’s.

To mask pictures properly requires a keen eye for the right colors to isolate and an extensive knowledge of Photoshop’s many tools. To mask pictures like we do, it starts with determining the correct alpha channels to work with. In most cases to mask pictures you will be working in RGB, duplicating the blue channel and creating an orthochromatic (black & white) channel that will become the basis of your mask. The blue channel works fine for most subjects especially green such as trees. The reason being that green also includes a large percentage of blue.  But to mask pictures of different color ranges, such as a white wolf against a dark background or pink flowers with little or no blue, you may have to try isolating colors using either the CYMK channel or LAB color to give you more options to choose from. In fact, you can also mask pictures one part of an image at a time in RGB and another part in LAB then combine them for your final mask. In any case, the process is not quite that easy without taking months of Photoshop classes and practice practice practice. Let LayerCake mask pictures for you.