Produced by KelbyOne

Masking Liquids in Photoshop

Some Photoshop users are intimidated by the idea of trying to mask or select liquids. Here is a tutorial with some helpful tips on how to get this done.


  • Asad says:

    This is great but there was a little background color fading in thru the liquid. Cant we fix it by selecting certain areas of liquid n using blending modes?

  • Fabrice Mazerolle says:

    Remarquable and very useful. Thanks for sharing these techniques.

  • gary says:

    soooo damn good!

  • Adriano says:

    very nice!

  • janis says:

    I’ve often illustrated wine glass images (originally shot with a white background) and had to make it look “transparent” over a scene or tint, such as your tutorial. An extra step I might use is to duplicate the glass on a layer beneath it and set that layer to Multiply. Back to the layer above, you can mask out some of the “milki-ness” that may be still showing up without completely removing the liquid or glass. Experiment with the opacity of the brush. Great tutorial, tho. I learned a few more great tips with your method. Thanks.

  • ProfeCompu says:

    Couldnt be easier. Thanks for the great tips. ProfeCompu

  • ranjeet says:

    Thanks for the great tips

  • SageCreative says:

    This is a sub-par method of retouching. You loose too much information anytime you select a range of values. This can be accomplished with four quick layers with masks, some adjustment of curves and no “chunky” selections. Oh, did I mention half the time.

  • joshfreeman says:

    SageCreative: Want to be more specific?

  • Marta says:

    Amazing! Thx for tips. Now I better understand the selection using channels. 🙂

  • luke andersen says:

    cool not amazing but some good tricks