Masking is an artistic method by which a portion of a composition is isolated and protected in order to make changes disturbing or affecting other areas of the composition. It’s a very useful technique that artists employ in their work, sometimes even without thinking about it. Masking has even been used by painters as far back as prehistory.
After Tyler Denis’ tutorial recently — a tutorial that involved a significant amount of layer masking in Photoshop — we were inspired to look for some more great examples of masking techniques by other artists.
Below, for inspiration, you’ll find some great compositions that utilize masking in some way. Some are even done on paper and masked by hand. Enjoy!
I saw Alberto’s work a few years ago, and while we were searching for pieces for this collection over the last couple of days, I was given a pleasant reminder about the work of this master.
His designs and illustrations have been featured in many publications and have been imitated, emulated, but never duplicated.
As you can see from the great pieces we’ve collected from these immensely talented artists, masking has come a long way, and the technique is used in many creative ways on digital mediums and even by hand.
It’s a very versatile tool to have in your arsenal, and if used properly, can offer many opportunities for creativity.