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Design With Alpha Channel

Here’s a technique from Corey for creating an interesting effect by using an alpha channel from one image, bringing it over to another image and creating a layer mask from that selection. Check it out and follow along.

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

26 comments on “Design With Alpha Channel

  1. Awesome tutorial, really handy , and just open my mind even more , WONDERFUL WAY OF EXPLAINING, GOD BLESS YOU, THANKYOU FOR HELPING PEOPLE.

  2. Thanks for the AWSOME explanation. Every small detail is carefully explained with tips on a few shortcuts. Keep up the great tutorials please!

  3. Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I have been surfing for hours, looking for a better alpha layer tutorial, and this is it! Thank you!

  4. Hi Corey, must say my initial reaction to this tutorial was one of total annoyance, WHY, OH WHY, had I not found this sooner! You explain every move simply, and without any fuss or technical jargon. I found this brilliant, and will be tuning in for more tutorials in future.


  5. i really like this tutorial.
    its simple and easy to learn
    and i really thank for this tutorial…
    i’ve been trying to find this tutorial for days and at last i finally found it ^_^

  6. Hey thanx for this awesome tutorial !!!!…I never did understand alpha channels and how to use them, but this tutorial explains eveything very precisely…!!!!!! Thanku once again :)

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  8. Hi Corey,
    I love your tutorials. Thanks once again for this one. You inspired me to think outside the box.


  9. really need this! thank you, i’ve been looking for creating complex alpha channels. the production boys will be very thankful for this. awesome!

  10. Dear Corey,
    I keep going back to your tutorials, as they are the clearest I have come across, thank you in earnest.

    Corey how do you manage to produce such meanigfull content, seemingly for free, and still make a living out of it.

    Yours Sincerely

    George Hammerstein

  11. Corey
    Thank you! This video tutorial is great! I am a Graphic Arts Instructor and I use your site all the time! This correlates with my lessons on “masking” this week. Do you have the step by step written directions for this particular tutorial?

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