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In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use Quick Masks in Photoshop.  You might be wondering why you need to use Quick Masks.  Well I'm glad you asked.  You can use Quick Masks when you want one of your images to have an effect on the edges.  This makes your image look more interesting and more appealing than a normal box, circle or oval shape.  OK, now let's get started.


First, for this tutorial, create a new image by navigating the File pull-down menu and clicking New.


When the dialog opens, give your document a name and put 600 pixels for Width and 400 pixels for Height.  Choose 32 for your resolution.  Click the OK button.


Next, open an image that you will use with the Quick Mask mode.  Choose Open from the File pull-down menu and navigate to the file that you would like to open. 


After you select your file click Open.   


Select the Elliptical Marquee tool.

Now on your image make a selection around the area you want use for your Quick Mask.  Make sure there is still area left after you make your selection, similar to above.


Now it's time for the fun part.   With your selection still made, click the Q key on your keyboard.  When the outer edges of the selection turns red you are in Quick Mask mode.


Go to the Filter pull-down menu and select Blur and choose Gaussian Blur from the sub-menu. 


When the dialog comes up input 5.0 pixels for the Radius and select OK.
Now that you've added the Gaussian Blur filter, you can apply the filter that you want around the edges of your image.


From the Filter pull-down menu click Brush Strokes and choose Spatter from the pull-down menu. 


When the dialog comes up click OK.  Now you have a cool filter applied to your image.


Now the last step is to exit out of Quick Mask Mode.  Once you exit Quick Mask mode, with the image still selected choose Copy for the Edit pull-down menu.


Finally, select the new file that you created at the beginning of this tutorial and choose Paste from the Edit pull-down menu.  Your image should appear on the canvas displaying the effect you applied.  Congratulations! You've just created your first effect using Quick Mask mode.

If you'd like to learn how to create Photoshop for Web projects, you can take our On-line  Photoshop for Web Training.  You'll learn more about Masking, Cutting Out Images, Adding Filters, Effects and other great items.  The Photoshop for Web training is available for Mac and PC users and can be worked around your busy schedule.  With our class,  you'll be up-and-running with using Photoshop in one day.

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