Figure 12.3

Clicking the Quick Mask Mode button masks the area not selected.

3. If the mask needs editing, as this one does, click the Brush tool, or press B to activate it, and select an appropriate brush size from the Brushes palette. You can use any of the painting tools or selection tools to work on a mask.

Because masks are essentially grayscale images, painting with black adds to the mask. Painting with white (or erasing) takes it away. Painting with gray gives you a semitransparent mask. You will notice that the foreground and background colors change to black and white when you enter Quick Mask mode. (If, for some reason, they didn't, press D for Default.) Figure 12.4 shows the edited mask.

4. When the mask is edited to your satisfaction, click the Quick Mask Mode button in the toolbox again to return to Standard Mode. The unprotected area (in this case, the background) is surrounded by a selection marquee (see Figure 12.5). Now you can apply any change you want to make to this area without

▼ affecting the lighthouse.

5. You can try other ways of changing the sky, such as increasing the saturation ▼

or spraying on some transparent color over the clouds; this was a quick and easy fix. ▲

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