I am usually very good at finding things on the internet, and following instructions, but I am stumped. So, could anyone direct me to a very basic tutorial about making and using masks, please? What I would like to do is select parts of a photo for sharpening/tweaking.
I have read and tried to follow the instructions of those on CinC, but I can only get so far and then it breaks down. All I can manage is to paint on a mask at random without any control over what is being selected on the photo and without being able to see, on the photo, what has been selected. Does this make sense?
I've tried the HELP tutorials for Cs2 and Cs4 and, honestly, they did not help. I have my brush set to normal and have tried different colours and opacities. I tried Youtube and google searches, but without further success. Still can't see what I am doing on the photo. This is likely a very simple procedure. It makes me feel rather silly to have to ask, and I will likely feel very silly once I have it figured out. If there was a smilie for feeling sheepish, I would insert one.
Edited to add: I just found the Ron Biglow tutorial after searching threads on CinC. I will check this out tonight.