Precision masks using Photoshop CS6's alpha channels

There are so many ways for Photoshop CS6 users to isolate parts of an image – from paths to quick masks and on to alpha channels – that figuring out which way to approach a certain situation can be perplexing.

The one mantra that I adhere to in my design is to let the software do the hard work for you. That’s why when it comes to targeting a specific area in an image I will always start with the channels.

My thinking is that I’m working with the exact pixels that form the part of the image I need, as opposed to some unwanted pixels (using a Magic Wand tool selection) or an approximation (drawing or painting a path or mask). This way you get precise results – as I’ll show you here.

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