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Old 03-18-2006, 04:12 PM
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Newbie Painting on Mask

I am trying to retouch my g randdaughters picture. I have grouped a few layers, then added a mask . I am now trying to paint on the mask with a white brush and it will not let me. Can someone suggest what might be happening ? Thanks Neb
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Old 03-18-2006, 04:42 PM
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you inverted the selections right?
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Old 03-18-2006, 04:57 PM
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Also you can make sure you have deselected the selection as well??
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:19 PM
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Well I guess I will embarass myself and say..I do not have anything selected to invert or deselect. I thought you could just make the mask active and paint on it ?? What am I missing?? Thanks Neb
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:55 PM
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Try Alt clicking the mask icon to show only the mask on screen, then try painting with white on the black parts and black on the white. (hope that makes sense)
If you see you brush stokes PS is doing what it should and your problem may be that what you are trying to reveal from underneath is just the same as the layer with the mask on? (again I hope that makes sense)

Lots of luck

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Old 03-18-2006, 10:13 PM
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I have a dumb question: Are you using Photoshop or Paintshop Pro?

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Old 03-18-2006, 10:25 PM
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neb,

you mentioned grouping layers and masks in the same breath. that suggests to me that you may have the header layer highlighted instead of the actual mask layer. or, it may be that you have another layer showing somewhere above the mask layer and even though you are painting in the mask layer, you dont see it. also, i've noticed in psp that you dont actually see the mask, even if you have the mask highlighted. you only see the effect. it's like painting with invisible crayons. you can see the mask if you put your mouse cursor over the layer; the thumbnail will pop up of the layer and then you can see the mask.

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Old 03-18-2006, 10:45 PM
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Bart ..right now I am usung photoshop. Sorry to confuse you. I will post which program I am using from now on as I go back and forth sometimes. But am trying to learn photoshop so trying to use it more. !

Craig...I am reading your post right after this post to Bart. Going off as have company so will check it out tomorrow. Neb






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Old 03-19-2006, 01:01 AM
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For photoshop:

To edit the mask while seeing the effects of what you are doing, click on the little rectangle that represents the mask in the layer palette and start painting. You can tell when the mask is selected for editing because it has a highlight on it. Alternatively, go to the channel palette and select the mask from there.

To edit the mask while looking at the mask itself, alt-click the little rectangle like Peter mentioned. Alternatively, go to the channel palette, turn off the color channels, turn on the mask and select it.

Just a little warning about layer groups in Photoshop. The default blend mode is "Pass Through". That means the effects of adjustment layers work on ALL layers below the current layer--not just those within the group. I think in most cases, the "normal" blend mode is what you'd want--that constrains all adjustments to within the group which is the default behavior in Paintshop Pro. I just mention this in case you're used to groups in PSP.

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Old 03-19-2006, 04:44 AM
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Hi Neb.

There are three good tutorials on layer masks in Photoshop here.

The basics by Doug
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=27

Understanding Layer masks by Flora
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=166

Awesome power by Vikki
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=63

Hope these help

Ken
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