The Magic of Masks in Photoshop, Bridge & Lightroom

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Instructor: Rick Burress Duration: 4 Weeks Cost: US$129

The Magic of Masks:

Are you ready to create stunning photography?

This is a four-week course with weekly bonus lessons, and a weekly Q&A video where Rick answers your emails, critiques your images, and solves your problems as the course continues throughout the month.

Learn to make precise, high-quality selections using the incredible new masking tools within the various Adobe applications. Join us for Rick Burress’ most mind-blowing course!

Professional photographers and photo editors understand the need to make perfect selections to generate magnificent images in post-processing. But how best  to achieve results? It’s possible—but nearly mind-numbing—to attempt to follow all the newest features and various locations of the tools, menus, dialog  boxes, and panels in which to create superior selections. The lingo is daunting, the tools are wildly divergent, and it seems the programming teams at Adobe aren’t  communicating with each other. How do you make sense of the various tools and produce results in an efficient amount of time? In this course, Rick Burress will  unpack exactly what high-quality selections are—Masks—and, which method works best in a particular photographic experience. In the four-week course, Rick  will unpack the masking techniques in Photoshop, LightRoom, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Camera Raw. He’ll do so in his typical humor-filled yet methodical way,  explaining, diagramming, detailing the precision tools and panels that make perfect selections in mere seconds, rather than hours. 

“I bragged to my coworkers how I created my great selection of a luxury car in only two hours.  Rick did it in 30 seconds. Amazing! I’m confessing!” —Wayne G. 

This course contains one main lesson each Friday, with 5–6 Bonus lessons each week which illustrate in-depth the various techniques. Plus, Rick will respond to your particular photos & questions each week in a custom lesson created to address your specific needs.

This course includes over 12 hours of informative videos with full lifetime access!!

Intro & Week 1: Photoshop’s Super Power
• Photoshop’s Super Power to enable selection and deletion in mere seconds.
• What is a “Mask”?
• Where are the Masking features found in the Apps?
• Hidden secrets
• Pitfalls
• Differences of the various masking tools—making the most of each.
• Keyboard Shortcuts

Week 2 – Photoshop Masking—intermediate to advanced
• Selection Tools, generally
• Marquees, Lasso
• The Pen tool as a selection tool
• Object Selection Tool
• Quick Mask, Magic Wand Tools—weak links.
• Select Menu
• New Preferences.
• ACR Filter
• Smart Objects
• Layer Masks
• Clipping Masks
• Channels
• Advanced Coolness
• “Select and Mask”

Week 3 – Masks in Bridge with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)
• Masking in ACR vs. Photoshop
• Masks Panel
• Magic Buttons
• Subject selection, objects, backgrounds, people
• The Killer Tools
• Similar and dissimilar features compared with LightRoom
• Range Rovers—Color, Luminosity, and Depth selections.
• Advanced making techniques

Week 4 – LightRoom
• Advanced making techniques in the Develop Module:
• Mask Panel
• Magic Buttons
• Subject selection, objects, backgrounds, people
• The Killer Tools
• Range Rovers—Color, Luminosity, and Depth selections

  • Instructor: Rick Burress

    Rick Burress has consulted and taught professional photographers for over 30 years. His work has appeared in the award-winning Arizona Highways Magazine, and is a published author and consultant.


    What students are saying about Rick:

  • “I just finished The Real Photoshop Course with you and I just wanted to let you know that this is a great course. I’m a newbie to Photoshop and like others it can be some what intimidating. (it was for me LOL)  You really made it easy to understand and you help too ease the fear of using certain functions in Photoshop. Absolutely love this course.!!!

    I would highly recommend this course to all who either struggle or feel intimated by Photoshop. Your enthusiasm and love to teach others makes learning easy. Looking forward to seeing more of you as part of the BPSOP family.” – John O’Brien

    “Okay, now I just want to say “Thank You!” You are awesome. I am learning so much. Thank you for the clarity you have provided. I knew right what you were talking about when you discussed color space and printing mediums. You cleaned things up so nice. You are, dare I say it?, a genius! (Now don’t go photoshopping your head real big!)

    Thank you again for sharing your vast knowledge with us and providing it in an understandable fun way.
    Excited to be learning so much.” – Dave

    “Just finished the Real Photoshop Course and Ricks teaching style is superb. I only used photoshop to remove some wires in a shot but know I have learned so much in four weeks. I just saw the announcement for the Bridge course, on my list for my next course. Rick is a wonderful asset to BPSOP. Great job!” – Al Fox

“My head is exploding!  You taught me so many great Photoshop techniques in this PShop in 5 minutes course.  I have lots of tips to practice and try to master.  You have spawned many creative ideas in my head to apply them to. Your explanations of complex techniques were so clear and simplified that even my aged brain could follow. (Although rewinds helped.)

Your critiques were positive and encouraging.  I look forward to more Rick Burress lessons in the future.” – Bob Gilmartin

 “The Real Photoshop Course clears the air of technical smoke and jargon and gets you producing some amazing art right from the get-go as you enter the fantastic jungle that is Photoshop.  Rick’s teaching style ensures that you will never again be intimidated by the Layers Panel, which is at the heart of working in Photoshop.  Not only did we get four amazing Lesson videos, numerous bonus videos hit on specifics, and Rick’s extensive video critiques of our work were invaluable.  And best of all, if it takes longer than five minutes you’re working too hard!  Highly recommended!” – Fred Nenninger

 “We truly enjoyed your class. You are a gifted teacher. We learned a great deal and had fun doing it. We are excited about the prospect of you offering more courses through Bryan’s organizations. We look forward to learning more from you! – Sanford & Jerry

 ‘Thank You’ for the awesome Photoshop course! The course had some great content and you taught us some really cool tricks. Enjoyed your lessons a lot! – Zita

“Don here.  Been a BPSOP student for a number of years but I have to say I’m really impressed with Rick’s teaching techniques. I really enjoyed his PS class and learned a lot. Bridge looks like a real savior when it comes to file transfer and organization.” – Don Checots

“Thank you for this class! It has been eye openingly, jaw droppingly, COOL!
And my friends who have a commercial graphics degree like me, but have been actually using it as a job for the last 25 years don’t know any of it!
One of them has retouched for 20 years, goes to photoshop world every year, and has never used a channel!
How has this thousand times easier way to cut stuff out of the background not been taught?

So again thank you so much for teaching me new skills I can use and pass on! – Suzanne Newlin

“Rick, I absolutely loved this class. You are a great teacher, you break things down simply without “dumbing it”. I appreciated that. You were very responsive to my many questions – sainthood for patience is in your future! Your discussion and recommendations on settings within PS are so helpful! My experience in Photoshop has been very limited up to this class. At times I cried, tears of frustration when listening to the videos I thought I would never get it, quickly followed by tears of joy when I actually followed along, trying your tricks! You have given me a much better appreciation for just how mighty the beast of Photoshop is – if Bridge is it’s bride, it should be dubbed Beauty & the Beast!” – Teri Craven

What a wonderful and thrilling adventure attending your excellent “Real Photoshop Course” was!! This was such a challenge and I know it isn’t over yet, since I am off to rewind all your great and helpful Bonus Videos again and again for sure! I love the way you teach and how patiently you repeat all the facts again and again – this has been very helpful!
You are the real master in Photoshop and know all the tricks that probably many Photographers never heard of! Your kindness and knowledge is overwhelming and you are so gifted in your teaching! Thank you very much again for the generous transmission of all these in PS hidden gems that will make editing easier and also less complicated for your students!
I so hope you will teach further in BPSOP and I will keep up about more courses by you in the future for sure!

I learned so much during this course! Thank you so much Rick, you are brilliant! I will recommend this course as well as your course about editing in Camera Raw at You Keep Shooting for sure! – Severine Blaise

Having purchased many editing classes (completely self taught with Photoshop) I never got past the first ten minutes of instruction.  Instructors either weren’t clear, went too quickly or just jumped in at a point that I could never understand.  Not so with Rick Burress’ classes.  He only offers three classes and I have taken them all.  Wish I had found his classes a long time ago and Bryan Peterson’s School of Photography.  Learned so much so quickly, I am now excited to continue my photographic journey and continue to learn in this kind and supportive environment!
I wanted to express my appreciation for your kind and relaxed method of teaching.  But it does go quickly!  I had points I had to pause after a few seconds and try what you were talking about!  lol  Since my son has spent the past four years teaching I have a new appreciation for instructors and how hard their jobs are.  The great ones inspire.  You are one of the great ones!
Thanks for a very informative and enjoyable learning experience. – Michele

I am primarily a Lightroom user, as Ive found Photoshop difficult to learn, and even more complicated after I’ve taken multiple courses. Thank you for your simplicity; already, I’ve learned years’ worth of explanations, and have had several lightbulb moments that would have saved me countless hours in previous editing efforts. – Deborah Sutton

I just wanted to send you an email saying how much I got out of your “The Real Photoshop Course”.  I have been using Photoshop for several years and felt pretty comfortable using it.  I was amazed at how many new techniques I learned by taking this class.  Besides the main course videos, I found the bonus videos and the weekly Q&A videos to be very informative.  For example, in the last Q&A video you showed me how to fix a halo problem by using different Blend Modes with the Clone tool .  I had never considered using different Blend Modes with that tool.  This was an extremely valuable tip.
Thanks again and I hope that we cross paths again soon,

Bob Rosenbladt

This video caps off the best course I’ve ever done at BPSOP and before that, at PPSOP.
It has filled in many of the glaring gaps in my Photoshop understanding, though as I am of ‘mature years’ I shall need to refer frequently to the lessons and generous bonus videos. I am eager to begin tomorrow Rick’s Bridge course!
Rick is a superb teacher for an on-line course and I’m guessing he would be just as good in a face-to-face class. He explains tricky concepts—and there are so many in Photoshop—with neat analogies: stencils, glue—and has paced his course to build on earlier lessons without obvious irksome repetition. His presentation is very immediate—he is always on-screen, humorous, quirky and kind. I say ‘quirky’ because he has a cute habit of appearing in the opposite corner of the screen, or half-filling the screen when he wants to hammer home a point. His well modulated voice and eye contact assure the student that he is addressing them directly.
In BPSOP’s stable of stellar teachers, Rick is a winner.

Thank you Rick, for presenting the course I’d been wishing for!”

Anne Forbes

You already go above and beyond.
But I will say, I have embraced your videos in a new manner. Rather than trying to work along with you (pause, work, pause…) I am just watching each one all the way through.
I man even do it again and take notes and mark timelines where I can access your information. Your command trips need to be noted!! You take a complex concept and simplify it down to a claw and a key, crazy cool.I am so grateful to have the Burress library to access! I plan on repeating each course over and over. It takes me several time for me to grasp the concepts. I never imagined the tools we have access too. Like color correcting with a filter and a brush? wow.Also, the camera speak is much appreciated too. ISO has never been explained so clearly. I am analyzing my current camera set up too – ugh! Love and passion, nothing like it!
You have a gift my friend.
Thank you.-mc

Rick, You make learning easy.  You care about your students learning.  I spent 37 years in public education (teaching elementary school, teaching teachers for Georgia State University, and public school administration. I know an excellent teacher when I see one. You are definitely one of the best.

Dorothy Rothbart


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