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The Various Types Of Image Masking

Image masking is significant when you need to improve image quality in product catalogues, information brochures and even fliers! Clarity is of utmost importance in these images, since the images showcase the product to be bought.

The ultimate goal for us is to make the product pop. To do so, it is necessary to have a complementing background with the product. Image masking can help separate the image into layers or masks. Allowing you to adapt the background to match the object in the image and spotlight the product.

Types of Image Masking

  1. Alpha Channel Masking

Alpha Channel Masking, or “Raster Masking” in case of Adobe Photoshop; is a method of masking used for lucid or semi-translucent photos. When creating new layers gets tough, professionals tend to turn to Alpha Channel Masking. Isolation of items using this technique can guarantee undisturbed edges.

Alpha Channel Masking
Alpha Channel Masking
  1. Advanced or Complex Layer Masking

Complex Layer masking is another interesting feature in Adobe Photoshop. This function is crucial when dealing with concentrated or fine objects like hair, fur, grains of rice etc. This technique of masking allows you to extract or cut out such objects effortlessly and flawlessly to replace the background.

Advanced or Complex Layer Masking
Advanced or Complex Layer Masking
  1. Photoshop Transparency Masking

This function is used to remove see-through objects on an image from their original background. Images that have gradient transparencies, such as a glass can be easily remove with no rough edges.

Photoshop Transparency Masking
Photoshop Transparency Masking
  1. Translucent Image Masking

Translucent Image Masking is pretty self-explanatory; this helps to segregate transparent objects in an image from its backdrop. This technique is popularly used to remove pixels as well. Professionals around the world are using this method to remove unnecessary pixels from images for a perfect finish.

Translucent Image Masking
Translucent Image Masking
  1. Photoshop Collage Masking

Eliminating the backdrop is the primary function of Photoshop Collage Masking. This is used to mask images for commercial purposes like leaflets, brochures, catalogues and online portals.

Photoshop Collage Masking
Photoshop Collage Masking


However, there is much more to post-processing and photo editing than Image Masking Service. A combination of various tools and services help to create attractive designs that attract the keen eye. Image masking is barely the tip of the iceberg.


The Pen Tablet is an innovative tool used for Image Masking and Clipping services in Photoshop. In cases where the image has soft edges and similar background color, this device is perfect. It is a special tablet that comes with a Bluetooth pen for drawing. This pen is used to draw delicate lines and sketching the original image with soft edges. The Pen Tablet is also equipped with features like the Cloud. In a nutshell, it is virtually connected with your computer so you can tweak the finished image using Adobe Photoshop. The pen or brush size can also be adjusted to suit your drawing needs. This device definitely cuts down on editing time and in the right hands, can bring excellent results.


It is always wise to have experts for all sectors in your business. Make no mistake in this age of visualization; consult with experts to be on top of your game and stay miles ahead of your competition.


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