Selections, Masking & Compositing with Adobe Photoshop

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Join Seán Duggan (the co-author of “Photoshop Masking & Compositing” and “The Creative Digital Darkroom”) for an introductory class on essential concepts and techniques for selections, masking, layers, and creating multiple image composites in Photoshop. The selections and masking part of this workshop is applicable to not just composites, but also to applying tonal modifications to specific areas of a photograph.







We’ll begin with a look at how to determine which selection tool (or a combination of tools and methods) is right for a particular job. Then we’ll cover ways to modify and fine tune selections so they’re as good as possible. From selections we’ll venture into the world of alpha channels and layer masks, which can be used for everything from applying tonal adjustments, to creating intricate composites from multiple image sources.

From selections and masks we move on to explore layers, blend modes and combining image elements for a variety of purposes, from commercial uses to fine art composites.


Topics include:

  • Photoshop selection tools
  • How to determine which selection tool to use
  • The Refine Edge dialog
  • Alpha Channels
  • Layer Masks
  • Using adjustment layers & masks to apply tonal changes
  • How to choose images for composites
  • Working with layers
  • Creating simple composites
  • Using Blend Modes for compositing
  • Perspective, Scale & Lighting Considerations

Note: This introductory course will be taught using Photoshop CC, but it also applies to earlier versions of Photoshop. Additionally, all of the concepts, and many of the techniques in this class are applicable to Adobe Photoshop Elements. If participants wish to follow along, they can bring a laptop and class images will be supplied. Handout materials will feature documentation of all the techniques shown in the class.


Course schedule:  9:00am - 3:00pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)


This unique workshop is limited to only 14 participants.  Register Today!


Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. Through his writing and teaching, he has been helping photographers master digital photography and digital darkroom techniques for over 15 years.

He is the co-author of Photoshop Masking & Compositing (2nd Edition, 2012), Real World Digital Photography (2nd & 3rd Edition, 2010), The Creative Digital Darkroom, Photoshop Artistry, and his Lightroom Tips column can be seen regularly in Photoshop User magazine.  He has several online courses at, including two compositing-related titles: "Creative Video Compositing with Photoshop", and "Creating Photo Composites on Smartphones and Tablets". 

Seán offers personalized online consulting and mentoring to clients across the U.S., as well as in-person training for photographers in the northern Sierra foothills, Sacramento, and San Francisco Bay Area.  His web site can be seen at

October 18 2015 9:00 AM   through   3:00 PM
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-441-2341
Member $ 125.00
Non-Member $ 175.00
$115 Member / $155 Non-member
Member $ 140.00
Non-Member $ 190.00

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