Photoshop Trick For Fast and Easy VECTOR MASKS | 90-Second Tip #19

Hi, welcome back to
I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this 90-second Photoshop tip, I’m going
to show you how to quickly create vector mask. Okay, let’s get started. The first step is
to make a selection out of the object that you want to extract from the background.
One of the ways that you can do that is by using the Quick Selection tool.
Then, from the options bar, you can click on the Select Subject button, which uses machine
learning technology to make a selection out of the main subject of your image.
In this case, Adobe Sensei, the artificial intelligence, does a really good job in making
a selection. It’s not perfect, but we can fine tune it.
You can Alt on Windows, Option on the Mac, and click and drag to subtract from the selection.
And you can simply click, or click and drag on areas to add to the selection.
The selection doesn’t need to be perfect. Just make sure that you select all the main
areas. Then, when you have a selection that looks
good to your eye, what you need to do is go into the Paths panel, and click on this icon
to make a work path out of the selection. If the work path has too many points like
this one, then press Control Z, Command Z on the Mac, to undo, and hold Alt on Windows,
Option on the Mac, and click on the Make Work Path from selection icon once again to get
this window where you can entrance a tolerance. I’ll change mine from one pixel to three,
press Okay, and notice that I now have fewer points on my work path.
Work paths will make better vector mask when you have fewer points and still keep the shape
of the object. What I’ll do now is go back into the Layers
panel, and hold Control on Windows, Command on the Mac, and click on the Layer Mask icon
to create a vector mask from the work path. I can then go into the Pen tool, and nestled
under it, you’ll see the Curvature Pen tool, and that will allow me to select a point,
and hit the Backspace key on Windows, that’s the Delete key on the Mac, to delete the points
that I don’t need. And I can of course double click on a point
to create a sharp corner, and obviously click and drag on a point and move it.
What you need to do now is simply delete the points that you don’t need, click and drag
on the points that you do need, and try to get a better alignment to the edge of your
object. This is what my mask looks like after a few
minutes of adjusting it. If you’re still not quite sure what a vector
mask is, or how it works, then check out my video on smooth selections.
It’s basically a complete guide on vector masks.
So you’ll find out what they are, how they work, and how you can create them. I’ll place
the link right below on the description, you can check it out right after this video.
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48 Replies to “Photoshop Trick For Fast and Easy VECTOR MASKS | 90-Second Tip #19

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  2. As always, THANK YOU!! 🙂 Your help is SO appreciated! Are you coming to Las Vegas anytime soon? It would be great to shake your hand and meet you 🙂 Keep up the amazing work, and good luck in all you do Jesus! °o°

  3. Please .. I want detailed settings for the colors of the image to be printed ..

    I know the formula should be CMYK but how?

    I hope that by video .. Thank you

  4. I love this video. So simple and I can use this regularly! I will also check out your other video on smooth selections, thank you!

  5. This is great for one image. I do about 20-50 of these in a day at work and this is not really good if you're grinding all day clipping cars.

  6. Thanx, Jesùs — I especially appreciated the tip (~1:18) about holding the Option key while creating the Work Path, in order to bring up the Tolerance dialogue box. Ps is spookily smart, but it is good to know that we still sometimes need to give it a bit of guidance! 😏

  7. I'm missing the tools you're using to create your vector masks. I have Photoshop CC, and I'd set it to update automatically so I'd get the bells & whistles. Perhaps this is a setting you're working in that I'm not familiar with?

  8. Every time I watch a PTC video I want to shout from the rooftops that every graphic designer and photographer needs to subscribe to this channel. Jesus is the BEST BEST BEST teacher.

  9. To be honest I would just use the pen tool straight away to make an accurate path and then make the vector mask. Too much re-adjusting. Might work for some people though.

  10. You always look so innocent. It's as if you had a son and he was in possession of your physical form when filming these tutorials lol

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