Planet Photoshop

Posted by stephen m. burns

Stephen Burns ( has discovered the same passion for the digital medium as he has for photography as an art form. His background began as a photographer 28 year ago and in time, progressed toward the digital medium. His influences include the great Abstractionists & the Surrealists including Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Mark Tobey, and Lenore Fini, to name a few.

4 comments on “Using Channels to Make Better Selections in Adobe Photoshop

  1. Finally, thanks to Stephen’s easy to follow instructions, my thick 60 year old head has been able to mask out a grey wintery sky and replace it with a nice blue summer sky,,,through the trees!! Good foliage definition after adjusting levels.
    Reminds me of the old days in the darkroom using chromium/cyanide baths to make high contrast negatives ,,, OUT WITH THE GREY!!! Thanks Stephen

    Sam from Austin, QC CANADA

  2. Awesome Stephen! Channel-based masking has long been one of my favorite techniques. I have always used Levels or Curves or even the Dodge/Burn tools to increase the contrast. I enjoyed seeing how you used “Apply Image” with a blend mode to achieve the same result. Thanks!