The Art of Selective Masking with ReMask

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Selective masking can be an important tool in creating original digital art.  Black and white photos are very distinctive and can range form the very subtle to the very dramatic, but there are times when a well-placed touch of color can make a photo stand out in the crowd.

I will demonstate just how easy it is to add a a bit of selective color to photos using ReMask 5 . As I discovered the power of ReMask, it has played an invaluable role in my approach to photography. I am not always looking to demonstrate reality in my work and ReMask allows me unlimited creative possibilities. When traveling I am always looking for subjects I can use in the future with ReMask.

I have also used Topaz B&W Effects in this process. When I am looking to convert color to black and white this is simply the best program there is. The host programs I work with are PaintShop Pro and Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud.  For this tutorial I will be using PaintShop Pro.

The photo I have chosen to selectively mask was taken at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington Virginia. It was an honor to see the Marine Corps Graduating Class of Embassy Guards in front of this very famous Memorial.

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How to Prepare for Battle with a Photograph (46:01)

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When it comes to photographic post processing, strategy is an absolute must. No one goes to battle without a plan, likewise, no photo should be edited without a strategy in mind. Our featured guest, Blake Rudis, will arm you with the essential strategies to prepare your plan of attack on artistic photo post processing.

Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong fine art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture, he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.

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How to Emphasize Edge Details

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If looking for a unique way to distinguish intricate details such as fur and feathers, look no further than Topaz Glow. Follow along to learn how to emphasize the smaller features in your image, making them crisper and sharper than before. If you don’t already own Glow, download a free 30-day trial of Topaz Glow.

Before we get started, if you noticed that there is a distracting element in your photograph, check out this tutorial, Enhancing Macro Photographyon how to remove it, then head back here to enhance the details of your image!

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How to Add a Splash of Color to a Black and White Image

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After converting a photo to monochrome, a fun and creative way to draw emphasis towards a particular element of the image is to bring back a splash of color in that specific area.

A feature often overlooked in Topaz B&W Effects is the smart brush color tool. Using edge-aware technology, this localized brush allows you to add back in color to your grayscale image.

Follow along to learn how you can use this feature to add a splash of color to your image.

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How to Create a Vintage Matte Look (5:27)

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A washed out effect with crushed blacks and lessened contrast, the matte look was first developed in antique film processes and is popular in today’s digital photography.

opacityWhile you can purchase film packages and actions that have replicated this vintage look, the secret to how this effect is created is all in the curve tool. Follow along to learn how you can easily create your own custom matte look using the curve tool in Topaz B&W Effects.

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An Image Sharpening Trick You Must Try (14.35)

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Using Topaz DeNoise to sharpen an image? Now that’s something new to us. A technique he invented, watch as photographer Gabriel Fontes teaches you how to sharpen a high-ISO image without worsening the noise artifacts.

About the presenter: A 17 year old from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fontes shoots with a Pentax K-3 and variety of lenses. Check out his 500px account here.

Reader’s special: Get $20 off Topaz DeNoise during the month of June with the coupon code junedenoise.

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How to Neutralize a Color Cast

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A common question we receive from customers here at Topaz is how to correct a color cast. Yellow color casts are a common problem when shooting under incandescent lighting, so here’s a method I’ll share with you on how to accomplish this task using Topaz ReStyle.

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How to Create a Moody Atmosphere

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Have you ever run into an instance where the scene you captured didn’t evoke the emotion you felt at the time? Whether the look you envisioned was lost in translation from eye to camera, or you simply want to alter its mood, look no further than the unique toning effects in Topaz ReStyle.

Follow this tutorial to learn how you can infuse your image with a moody atmosphere using ReStyle’s available tools.

Don’t have ReStyle? Try it out for free for 30 days!

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