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Old 08-05-2005, 10:56 AM
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From DannyRaphael:
Yep...the second mask Swampy discovered is a vector mask.
Oh, well... back to just 6 masks.

From saberlancer:
In my layer mask, I paint black to hide a region, in the Group mask, I cannot paint white to reveal back regions that 'were earlier hidden in the layer mask'
That's true, but it would be the same thing with two masks on the same layer. The second mask wouldn't be able to re-reveal what was hidden by the first. The method I gave has some good uses, it just doesn't fit your situation.

I think the easiest way to do what you want is to use two layers, each with it own standard layer mask.

1. Duplicate the layer.
2. On the bottom layer apply the gradient layer mask.
3. On the top layer, apply the layer mask to hide all, then paint with white to bring the flowers back in.

Or, if you're careful, you could do it with just the one layer and mask.
Apply the layer mask with the gradient first, then carefully paint in the mask with white to fully reveal the flowers.

Both options will generate the example you provided.


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