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.

Quick Tip Thursday: Simulate Historic Photographic Processes (10:04)

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Heavily influenced by traditional darkroom techniques and alternative (non-silver) processing, Topaz B&W Effects gives you the tools to simulate many historic photo processes, including platinum, albumen, cyanotypes and more . Join Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates how to quickly apply these effects and achieve authentic results.

High Dynamic Black and White Photos (38:27)

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Topaz B&W Effects utilizes adaptive exposure technology that helps to create stunning black and white HDR effects. Join Nichole Paschal as she explores the benefits and uses of adaptive exposure in black and white editing, while she demonstrates several workflows to create both mild and strong HDR effects.

Black and White Portrait Editing (50:56)

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Topaz B&W Effects is the perfect software to convert a portrait into a black and white image. Containing tools like color filters, selective smoothing and detail brushes, advanced toning and much more, B&W Effects helps you easily transform your image into a beautiful black and white. Join Nichole Paschal as she walks you through many of the different black and white styles you can achieve in your portrait editing working with B&W Effects.

Quick Tip Thursday: How to Create Dramatic and Dark Skies (10:07)

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Creating dark, rich and dramatic skies in your black and white photos has never been easier. Containing adaptive exposure control, color range sliders and traditional color filter simulation, B&W Effects gives you the tools to quickly create dynamic and stunning skies that make your black and white photos stand out.

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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