I had the great pleasure of attending Alan Ross's 1:1 workshop, and we focused on masking a lot. I work with computers, so I preferred to focus on pencil masking, using both neutral, and coloured ones. The results were impressive, especially for dodging small areas. Alan has also showed me the preparation of an inkjet mask, which I hate to admit seemed easier than pencil and scissors if an area needed burning. I fully recommend anyone interested in this gets his article and kit: http://alanross.photoshelter.com/gal...000dZzCEfz5doo
Originally Posted by Patrick Robert James
Interestingly, this was the main difference between masking as demonstrated by Alan (with plexi) and John Sexton (without, like Patrick Robert James explains). The without method seems to require more precision and does not seem to work as well with colour pencils, but they both work.
Not quite, for reasons Michael mentioned and also the issue of how hard your tracing would end up printing. However, if you place that Mylar some distance above the paper, and you keep the tracing relatively fuzzy-edged, it can work, but it is a fussy technique. The opposite of it, however, where you cut out openings in a sheet of orange vinyl laid over Mylar over clear plexi over the paper is an excellent and an easy method for masked flashing. I learned this technique from John Sexton, and he seems to use it often.
Originally Posted by edcculus