ON1 Workflow – Selections, Masking, & Layering

Masking is a technology that sits underneath a lot of the features that you use everyday in ON1 Photo RAW 2017. Combining multiple photos, brushing in or out effects, sky or face swapping- it’s all masking! I show you how masking is used throughout each module: Develop, Effects, and Layers, and how to use each different tool to get the best mask possible for each.

In this workflow video, you will learn how to effectively use the tools, their advanced features, and some tips and tricks to create your own beautiful masks throughout ON1 Photo RAW 2017.

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10 comments on “ON1 Workflow – Selections, Masking, & Layering”

  1. On May 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm David Price wrote:

    Thank you for a solid refresher on Photo Raw’s flexible masking tools.

  2. On May 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Agreed, nice refresher. I wanted to take a poll on what people think is the most convincing way of adding clouds to images where the skies are beautiful in color but are otherwise cloudless?

    1. On May 29, 2017 at 12:35 am David Price replied:

      Hi Adam

      A nice plain sky, especially if it contrasts well, in colour with the items that you want to keep, is easily masked out by ON1’s Perfect Brush, etc., in Layers. And, compared with Photoshop it is fantastically quick.

      When it comes to fine detail, such as branches, things can get a little bit difficult. But, more often than not, you can ‘eventually’ make it look convincing.

      Where it gets impossibly difficult, is when the colours are too similar, i.e. I want to remove a blue sky, but to keep a blue building. However, you can use a very small and hard edged masking brush, to ‘control click’ along the edge of the object that you want to keep. Unfortunately manual cutting out is tedious, and slow,. But, it is just as tedious and slow in Photoshop.

      Alternatively, I recently wanted to add some stars to a night sky. I placed the stars layer, under the sky layer, and tried all of the blending modes, until the final result looked ‘convincing’. I then used the masking brush, to keep the stars in the sky and to remove them from the landscape. I don’t know whether or not the same technique would work for adding clouds.

      Have fun changing skies.

      1. On May 29, 2017 at 7:21 am Adam Rubinstein replied:

        Hi David, changing skies is not a problem but what I am asking is what appears more convincing; adding(creating clouds) into the existing sky or just layering in a new sky?

      2. On May 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm David Price replied:

        Hi Adam

        I don’t know how well the blending layers tchnique would work for adding clouds, because I have never tried it. It does work well on adding stars.

        Afraid that I’m just a fellow ON1 user. So, the ideal person to ask would be Dan Harlacher.

        Best wishes, David Price.

  3. On May 29, 2017 at 5:04 am Louis Jordaan wrote:

    Hi Dan
    Thank you for your very good masking refresher.
    I have been struggling a bit with some masks. I know see where I have been going wrong.
    Best Regards

    Louis Jordaan

  4. On May 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm Frederick Wheeler wrote:

    Hi Dan,

    good video.

    1. Can I save links to videos that I like so I can easily find them again ?

    2. I want to select an object, say a person’s clothing ( like the flower example, sort of )
    but I need to changed the color. what is the best way to do this.

    Thank you

  5. On June 4, 2017 at 10:39 am Christian Sommerstange wrote:

    Great video, indeed. Especially for people that have never used Photoshop before and therefe have not been familiar with layers and masks. Although there are other places to get some informaton about the subject here On1, it is an outstandig summary of all the available tools it comes to masking.

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