image editing

The power of Masking as a design tool

The Masking tool

Masking is a wonderful design tool. It’s used in print, web, and video. It can be used to hide things or reveal things and it allows you to create intricate composition.

The masking tool can be used to hide or expose. It can hide things from sight, but the content is still there and fully editable, separate from the mask. With the creative software used in the design industry, you can resize the towel, change its shape, reposition it, and even use it to restrict certain effects to specific areas. Masking tools also reveal things that were previously hidden. With software like Illustrator, you can create all different shapes that will reveal the composition beneath it.

Masking is the process of making some areas visible, and some not. These are the two approaches to using the masking tool.



Image editing and its pioneers


Image editing is the act of making adjustments and corrections within a medium such as print, web, video and animation. Its important to have a clear goal in mind when you are editing an image. Exploration in design is good but without a clear goal of what you are creating, it may no come together. Having a basic understanding of both how to adjust imagery, and why to make said adjustments, is foundational to your ability to create stunning work.

There are 3 notable people in the realm of image editing. Andy Warhol, David Carson and Bradbury Thompson.

Andy Warhol was famous for his pop art which is well known today. His experimental work with the screening process allowed him to create many copies of an image with different colors.

David Carson had a new approach that caused a frenzy in the design world. His work emphasizes that the whole is greater then the sum of its part.

Bradbury Thompson successfully blended photography, typography and color. His work may be decades old but the technical precision in which he created his designs looks contemporary.