Published on May 21, 2022
In this blog I’ll show you a super fast and simple method to mask and edit individual objects in Adobe Photoshop!
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Step 1: Mask objects
Open the image you want to edit. Right click on the layer with the objects you want to mask (the background layer, in this case) and select ‘mask all objects‘.
I now have 3 new layers with a mask, one for each balloon. If you look at the mask, you can see which layer belongs to which balloon.
Step 2: Edit objects
Now that you’ve masked the objects, you can edit them individually. Select the layer of the object you want to edit. You can now add an adjustment layer to edit it. I change the color by adding a hue/saturation adjustment layer.
You can now change the color by adjusting the hue. You can edit the other objects by selecting that layer (with the mask) and adding an adjustment layer too. I now used this to change the color of the individual objects, but you can use this for all kind of adjustments. You can apply all the adjustment layers to these masked objects.
In the image below you can see how I changed the color of each balloon in just a couple of clicks.
And that’s how you quickly mask and edit individual objects in Adobe Photoshop!