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UNDERSTANDING LAYER MASKS

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Old 04-23-2005, 04:27 AM
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vinniesworld, Janet,

thank you so much for your great feedback!

So glad you found the tutorial 'easy to follow and easy to understand' .... This is exactly what I was aiming to ...
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Old 04-23-2005, 09:42 AM
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Good tutorial Flora - where were you when I was trying to learn

I no longer have Photoshop, I'm using Photoshop Elements which doesn't have a layer mask like Photoshop does, so I've had to learn a new way of doing the same thing, but strangely, it's much easier.

Here's what I do.

In Photoshop Elements (PSE), create a color adjustment layer in a solid color that contrasts well with the image (I like to use bright yellow or bright blue), especially the parts you would like to select. Leave the blending mode at Normal, but set the opacitiy at something like 80% so you can just see the image through the color.

The color adjustment layer does have a layer mask and now you can paint with black to "scrape" away the color over the part you want to select. If you've "scraped" away too much, paint with white to put the color back. When you're satisfied that you've scraped away the right amount of color, hold down the Ctrl/Command key and click on the color adjustment layer in the layers palet and the part of the layer that is still colored will be selected - allowing you to switch to your image layer and get rid of everything you don't want by just hitting delete, or you can easily reverse the selection if you want to copy your selection and paste it to a new layer.

PSE doesn't have channels but you can save your selections and combine them or subtract them.

Here's a picture of it in action.

Take care, Margaret
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Old 04-23-2005, 10:57 AM
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Hi Margaret!!!

Thank you so much for your kindness!

....And thank you VERY much for showing the way to do it with PSE ....A lot of people here will be very happy about it!!!

Hope you are well...

Take care...

P.S. how about writing a PSE tutorial on this topic?
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:29 AM
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I would like to do a tutorial on that but right now I'm up to my ears writing scripts for my tv show.

We filmed the first two episodes this past week without a script - they told me I wouldn't need one - and I was very disappointed with my performance, so now I'm trying to make it more structured. I'm hoping they will scrap the first two episodes and film them again.

I keep coming here for inspiration even if I don't have time to post

Take care, Margaret
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:34 AM
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WOW Margaret!

A celebrity!!! I didn't know that!!!
What is your show about??

Take care...
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Old 04-23-2005, 01:58 PM
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I'm far from a celebrity My show is about Photoshop Elements. I'm doing a series of 6 half hour shows introducing PSE on the local cable station. I don't think anybody will watch it, but it's fun for me and i'm learning a lot. Nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing!

The exciting part will be the website to accompany the show where I'll be posting the images I work on and tutorials for doing them and if I get moving here there'll be some 2 minute videos too.

It's fun that's all I can say,

Take care, Margaret
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Old 04-23-2005, 02:06 PM
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Great! Just Great!

It's so nice doing what you actually like doing!!!

Please, post the website link once it's up .... I know where to send people needing help for PSE ....

All the best.

Take care ...
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Old 05-11-2005, 02:48 PM
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Hi,
In the tutorial I got lost between image 6 and 7. In 6 the mask is shown as solid black. In 7 the mask is black with a white slit cut out. How did you make the white cut out. thanks, ebbtide
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Old 05-11-2005, 04:29 PM
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Hi,
In the tutorial I got lost between image 6 and 7. In 6 the mask is shown as solid black. In 7 the mask is black with a white slit cut out. How did you make the white cut out. thanks, ebbtide
Welcome to RetouchPRO and a great question...

1. Literally click on the mask thumbnail (the black one). This engages the layer mask. Note how the layer icon changes from a paint brush to a square with a circle inside it, signifying "the layer mask is active." (If you click on the image thumbnail, the icon switches back to a paint brush = the image is active.)

2. Paint with white. With the layer mask active, the paint will be applied to the mask. Where you paint white on the mask is what will reveal the layer below.

Hope this gets you moving.

~Danny~
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Old 05-13-2005, 05:25 AM
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Thanks Flora

Excellent tutorial, well written, easy to follow and understand. This is the kind of thing I joined Retouch Pro to learn about.

Dave.
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