What is Selective Masking? What is Selective Masking and what it can do for you! Over the years Ive (Alan Ross) evolved a technique I have come to refer to as Selective Masking. I use the term selective because it is a physical, hands-on method of tonal control in analog printing, rather that the photometric unsharp masking. In its basic form, its not techno-anything; it simply is a means of solidifying your own dodging and burning preferences into a package which remains absolutely constant from print to print. You can change your mind about how you want that package to perform; you can dodge and burn in greater detail than with traditional methods and with absolute consistency from print to print. It works with either a diffusion enlarger or in contact printing. It does NOT work with condenser enlargers. Carried to the nth degree, Selective Masking can transform the job of printing a challenging negative from one of agonizing difficulty to the mere push of a button: a straight print from the untouched, unmodified original negative. Any size print. Local contrast changes can be made, and that oh-so-smooth gradual sky burn can be built into the mask package. Its a technique Id been sharing with friends and students for several years, and in 1999 I put the techniques on paper in the form of several articles published in ViewCamera Magazine. This 2010 series includes some updates to the original text and illustrations in Part I; Parts II and III have been completely rewritten. For the CD and other materials see my Darkroom and Education Products page.