(1) Selections, Masking, and Photo Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking (Photoshop)

(10 customer reviews)


A LIVE 2-session workshop conducted in Adobe Photoshop CC designed to introduce you to the foundations of selections, masking, and extractions for your digital scrapbook and photo artistry pages.


Selections, Masking, and Photo Extractions Part 1 (Photoshop)

The first part of a multiple-class workshop in mastering photo extractions in your digital scrapbooking, photo artistry, and collage pages.

Part 1 is a LIVE 2-session class designed to introduce you to the foundations of selections, masking, and extractions.

Conducted in Adobe Photoshop CC.


Selections, Masking and Extractions Part 1 Class Digital Scrapbook Layout by Anna Aspnes Designs



  • Introduction to Photo Extractions the Mindset for creating them.
  • Understanding selections: What they are and how they work.
  • Create and move Selections, plus convert them to Masks.
  • Different approaches to Adding, Subtracting, and Intersecting selections.
  • Simple edits using the Select and Mask panel.
  • Multiple ways to Test your selections.
  • Master the Selection options from the Tools Panel to create extractions.
  • How and when to use the Marquee (Rectangular and Elliptical), Lasso (Lasso, Polygonal and Magnetic), and Magic Wand Tools for better selections.
  • Adding and removing Segments, plus Closing a selection.
  • Clever Shortcuts to speed up and make your process more efficient.


  • Save, Load, Modify, and Copy selections.
  • Use the underrated Grow and Similar for more efficient selections.
  • Make Selections using the Color Range and Focus Area tools.
  • Tips and tricks for better extractions with Select Subject.
  • A variety of ways to select and replace the Sky in your photos.
  • Use Sky Replacement to create artsy Backgrounds for your digital scrapbook pages.
  • Incorporate Transform (Skew, Distort, and Warp) tools, Blending Modes, Adjustment Layers, Layer Styles, Clone Stamp Tool, and Masking with your extractions.
  • Clever Shortcuts to speed up and make your process more efficient.

Photo Selections, Masking and Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking, Collage and Photo Artistry Class by Anna Aspnes Designs for Adobe Photoshop


  • 2 X 1- 1/2 HR LIVE Class Sessions + REPLAYS in MP4 format.
  • Step-by-step demonstration of techniques and processes in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Lots of digital scrapbook and photo artistry Examples to support the guided approaches.
  • 14-Page comprehensive Written Course Content in .pdf format.
  • Direct Support via email and/or dedicated Community Facebook Group.

Photo Selections, Masking and Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking, Collage and Photo Artistry Class by Anna Aspnes Designs for Adobe Photoshop


  • The classes were recorded via Zoom.
  • Available for immediate DOWNLOAD in .MP4 format.
  • Watch .mp4 files on your computer using a Media Player or load into iTunes for viewing on Smart Devices.
  • Demonstrations for this class are conducted in Adobe Photoshop CC. 

Photo Selections, Masking and Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking, Collage and Photo Artistry Class by Anna Aspnes Designs for Adobe Photoshop

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10 reviews for (1) Selections, Masking, and Photo Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking (Photoshop)

  1. nbriechle (verified owner)

    This is a really good course. I thought I knew selections but thought this would be a good review but I have learned quite a lot. I am looking forward to the next section.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks Nancy! Always my goal to teach you something you didn’t know 🙂

  2. Rose-Ann Marchitto (verified owner)

    That class was excellent, Anna. My favorite thing in scrapbooking has always been extractions and I thought I was pretty good at it. I discovered a whole new world in that class. Thank you.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Absolutely made my day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Sonya Fuller (verified owner)

    I do a lot of extractions and am always looking for better more effective ways to do them. This class was packed with helpful tips and tricks that I will definitely use going forward. I’m so glad I signed up!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks Sonya! So glad it proved helpful 🙂

  4. SLacy (verified owner)

    So glad I took this class and learned new methods for extractions. Anna’s Classes are always packed with tons of info and her handouts and replays are a bonus to be able to go back and review. I loved having the two classes on consecutive days. I’m looking forward to Part 2.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks Susan. The consecutive days for this class certainly made sense. Appreciate the feedback 🙂

  5. cwryan (verified owner)

    This course was excellent. As opposed to the above 3 reviewers, I am a brand new extractor!!! And I learned a lot. I will be reviewing often and already have. As a newbie to this skill, I wished I had the exact photos that were used in the class to start my work on. It took me quite awhile to find photos that were similar. I wondered if adding some photos to the class downloads for the participants to work on might be helpful for those like me.

    • Anna Aspnes

      These have now been added to the class materials. I have included my photos (excluding people images) and links to download the others to avoid sharing other peoples photos.

  6. Marie-Claire P. (verified owner)

    I am also very happy to have taken this class, as I am of the several other classes I took last year.
    Always very worthwhile! I am still in a learning process, and I have learned a lot with this class. Anna puts so much into her classes that I am very happy that I can download them and watch them multiple times at my own pace.
    I also like the written Course Content in .pdf format where everything is typed very clearly and in detail. You don’t have to start taking notes yourself and these are a great help when you start working on a project yourself.
    By watching this class about extractions I discovered that it does not always have to be very difficult to make an extraction and make something unique from your project with this technique. I couldn’t point out anything specific, because I found everything interesting. What appeals to me most in this class as well as in all others are the ideas and tips that Anna gives to achieve great results with the tools of the program and her products.
    I’m already looking forward to part 2, and I’m very curious to see what comes next!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thank you Marie Claire for taking the time to create such a detailed review. I appreciate your time.

  7. Diane Gass (verified owner)

    I have learned so much about the selection tools in PS from parts 1 and 2 of this class. I love to do extractions but never tried any of the options except for select subject. Anna’s lessons are well thought out and easy to follow, especially with the PDF included. Thank you, Anna!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Appreciate this Diane. Always to goal to make the learning as easy as possible for you.

  8. Michelle James (verified owner)

    I have taken many of Anna’s classes and this one definitely did not disappoint! So packed with information that I’m glad to have the handouts and the replay to go back to. I use extractions quite a lot on my pages and was glad to learn some new tricks and ways to improve! Very excited for the next part of this class!

    • Anna Aspnes

      It’s ALWAYS so awesome when one of my advanced students still learns something new in a foundations class. Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  9. Judith McEntyre (verified owner)

    Good Class showed me better and more effective ways to do selections, which I enjoy having on my page but frequently put off because of the effort to do them. Now I will do them more often. I like having the handouts, I can go back and be certain I am following the correct procedure.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Yes to a better and easier approach!

      • Anna Aspnes

        Thanks do much Raymond. I love that you are watching the sessions multiple sessions. Repetition deepens the impression!

  10. Raymond Easley (verified owner)

    I have watched the replay twice and each time learn new things. This class is an excellent way to learn how to use Selection tools for various shapes, how to incorporate them into another page to create something new. Anna has a knack of weeding out the tools that would be of little use which I appreciate. I highly recommend this class as a staple.

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