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Making a mask

Adobe Photoshop is capable of making complicated and elaborate masks, but for using with EasyArt you will only need to make the very simplest of masks.

For this tutorial use two of the heads from the Coyote Ugly Movie poster (supplied on the EasyArt CD)

Note: The method used to create this mask illustrates how you will create masks specifically for the EasyArt"Flesh Mask" and "Line Draw Mask" routines.

In Photoshop navigate your way to the Tutorials folder on the EasyArt CD and double click the file "Mask Tutorial" to open the image of the girls heads.

Select the zoom tool, and zoom into the image until it is 100% size.

 

Tip: Practice moving the image around by holding down the space bar on your key board (the mouse pointer will change to a hand), drag the image around with
your mouse. Dragging around the image in this way will save you a lot of time zooming in and out of the image and moving it around with the side bars.

 

Go to the Actions list, scroll down to the blue EasyArt button "Make Flesh Mask" and click. A message will appear read it and press the stop button.
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Note: You will notice the "Make Flesh Mask" button has turned red, that means the action has stopped before the routine is finished.

To begin making the mask select the pen tool from your tool box and start to work your way around the girls head clicking a series of dots creating a path.

The closer together your dots are, the more accurate your mask. Continue all the way around her head with the last click being on the very first dot.

Having gone all the way around close the path by clicking on the first dot. Open the "Paths" list (Window > Paths) and click on the small triangle in the top right corner, scroll down the drop down list and click "Fill Path".

In the "Fill Path" window that appears, the contents drop down list should read "Use - Black"
the Blending should read "Opacity - 100% and Mode - Normal".
Rendering should read "Feather Radius - 0 and Anti-aliased turned off". Then click OK. The mask will appear purple.


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Note: If you use the lasso or Polygonal lasso tool to make your selection you must fill the active selection with black, (Edit > Fill > 100% black) the mask will then appear purple.

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Click on the arrow again in the corner of the "Paths" list scroll down and click "Delete Path".
The dotted line has disappeared but the mask remains.

Now click around the other girls head including her hair and neck, and fill with the path as before. Remember to drag the image around using the space bar and mouse button.

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With the two heads masked, next remove the areas around the eyes and the lips.
Once removed from the mask the eyes and lips will be separated along with the standard simulated process routine.

The method for removing areas of the mask is exactly the same as creating them. With the zoom
tool selected, zoom into one of the eyes (200% zoom) then select the pen tool again and click a series of dots around the eye as you did before with the head. Click all the way around one eye and join up the path by clicking on the first dot again. Click on the arrow in the "Paths" list and select "Fill Path".
This time in the Fill Path window that appears change the "Use" to "White" in the Contents section.
Leave everything else as it was before. You can now see the eye area has just been cleared from
the mask. Click on the arrow again in the "Paths" list and click "delete path".
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Note: Using "White" as a fill when working with EasyArt masks, is like using the eraser tool.

continue on with the other eye and the lips in the same way. Remember the more dots the more accurate your mask will be.

With the mask completed, go back to the Actions list and click the "Make flesh Mask" button again which is now red.

EasyArt creates a separate "Flesh Mask" channel, which will be automatically used when you run one of the add flesh color routines.

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Tips: After creating a mask you should always save the image with it's new mask channel, before you continue any further, so if you have a problem later, you won't have to make the mask again.
  • The more dots the more detail
  • Always use the "make mask" routines
  • Never soften, blur, feather or anti-alias your masks
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Adding 3 color flesh tone.

This tutorial will show you how to create the perfect flesh.
The regular EasyArt simulated process separation routine creates an excellent flesh but can be difficult to maintain over a large print run especially if there are large areas of flesh tone.

Photoshop navigate your way to the Tutorials folder on the EasyArt CD and double click the file "Coyote Ugly.psd".

Step 1 Preparation
(yellow buttons)
This Coyote Ugly image is very flat and dull and it needs the tonal range improved and the colors increased. To achieve this go to the EasyArt Actions list and click on the yellow button "Improve image RGB" this will apply an automatic levels adjustment add sharpness, color and contrast.
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Tip: The EasyArt action button "Improve Image RGB" will fix a lot of the problems you get from a standard scanned image, if you are not comfortable making your own image improvements in Photoshop, at least try this one button, as it will work well on most images.
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Before separating this image you will have to create a flesh mask using the same method as above only this time include all of the areas of flesh tone in the image.

Click on the blue EasyArt button "Make Flesh Mask" and begin making your mask.
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Tip: If you want to bypass making the complete flesh mask you can load it into the mask channel from the EasyArt CD. Navigate your way to the tutorials folder and open the file "Coyote Ugly Mask". When open select all then copy. Then close the mask file. Next paste the mask into the original coyote ugly image. The full mask will appear purple. If your mask appears black on the coyote ugly image it is because you did not start the "Make Flesh Mask" routine before pasting in.
With your mask completed click on the "Make Flesh Mask" button again (which now appears red) to complete the mask masking routine.
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Step 2 Separation
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Because this image is going onto a black shirt, go to the actions list, scroll down to the blue EasyArt button "Separate for Black shirts" and click.
This is one of the standard EasyArt simulated process separation routines. The speed of this routine will depend on the speed of your computer. When the separation is finished the message "Routine Complete" will appear, press continue to finish.

After separating go to the channels list to see the 11 spot color channels EasyArt has automatically created.
Without making any changes to these separations go to the actions list again and click on the blue EasyArt button "Add 3 color flesh".
EasyArt will automatically use the flesh mask you made earlier to create 3 additional channels, a light flesh, medium flesh and dark flesh. When the routine has completed press continue.
Step 3 Adjustment
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In the channels list, you will see there are now 3 extra flesh channels. To reduce this image down to a 6 color print you will have to make some channel adjustments.

by turning off the Yellow, Magenta, Green, Dark Brown, and Grey channels you are already down to 8 colors.

To reduce the number of printable channels even further, you can combine the light blue and dark blue channels together (there is not much blue in the image, combining the 2 together will make no noticeable difference to the print).

To do this select the "Dark Blue" channel, then go to the actions list and click on the green EasyArt button "Add Light Blue to... ". This will add all of the information from the light blue channel to the dark blue channel.

Turn off the Yellow, Magenta, Green, Dark Brown, Grey, Light Blue, and High light white channels, leaving you with a 6 color print.
White base, red, dark blue, light flesh, medium flesh and dark flesh.

Tip:  The number of colors in this image can be reduced further by using the Light flesh (which is almost white) as the white base. You can achieve this by adding the information from the white base channel to the light flesh channel, then print the light flesh first (with light flesh ink) flash cure, then print the rest of the colors in your design.
Note: The "Add 2 color Flesh" routine works in exactly the same way only it eliminates the "medium flesh" channel leaving only the "light" and "dark" flesh channels to screen print.
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