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Basic Layer Masking

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Old 07-24-2003, 05:10 AM
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Layer masking provides a non-destructive way to hide or show selected areas of a layer. [details]
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:38 PM
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Hanging at the end

I quite like this tutorial, but it leaves me completely at the edge of the cliff at the end ;-)

The last step says:
"Here I've copied the mask we just made and applied it to a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer."

How, who, what, where? Did you create a new layer, copy the whole layer or just copy the Mask, somehow... ?

To my mind, this tutorial shows how to mask, without explaining how to utilise a mask once it's done.

But, thank you. I'm getting there.
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:38 PM
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There are several ways to copy a mask. You can add a blank mask (this is unnecessary for adjustment layers as they come with a blank mask in place) then alt/opt-click on the blank layer mask. This brings it up into the main editing window. You can then paste anything from the clipboard (ie: a layer mask from another location) into place.

You can also load a layer mask as a selection, then make a new adjustment layer and the new mask will be made automatically (or, if you're using a non-adjustment layer, add the layer mask and the selection will create the mask automatically).

And, in Photoshop CS2, you can opt/alt-drag a layer mask to another layer and it will automatically duplicate it.

There are many other ways to accomplish the same thing.
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