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Doug Nelson 06-05-2002 11:17 AM

Tutorial: Basic Layer Masking
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I've taken inspiration from Jakaleena's many new tutorials and written a new one of my own. This one covers the basic steps necessary to make a layer mask.

DJ Dubovsky 06-05-2002 12:19 PM

For a long time layer masking was confusing to me but once I really learned and understood them I couldn't do with out them. I think alot of members who are just struggling though some of the basics of Photoshop will really value this tutorial since layer masking is such and essential part of Photoshop work. I think your tutorial is well laid out visually also. Good one.

Ed_L 06-05-2002 12:28 PM

I shudda thunk of that one. :) It's one that I could have done, and like DJ said, a lot of people will get good use from it.


Blacknight 06-05-2002 12:37 PM

Masking didn't really "come home" for me until I got my Graphire tablet and started looking at the tut that came with it. "Painting" with black and white (adding and subtracting might be a better term I think) seems like such a better way than erasing and then going "oops - too much" and hitting undo. Masking and I still have a long way to go, but the more tuts I read the farther down the path I go, and that's a good thing!

Oh hey - look! I'm a MEMBER! :bow:

Jakaleena 06-05-2002 12:56 PM

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, Doug!

I keep hearing about the miracles of layer masking, but I'm one of those who just seem to have a mental block about them. This is the easiest to understand tutorial I've come across, and

(don't laff at me, ok?)

I actually made my very first layer mask with it!

(See? I told you there was a bunch of stuff I still don't know!) :tongue:

Jakaleena 06-05-2002 01:00 PM


Originally posted by Blacknight
Oh hey - look! I'm a MEMBER! :bow:
Cool! I thought it was neat when I got my "promotions" too!

I'm still waiting for my raise, though... :lol:

Mig 06-07-2002 08:23 PM

This is a good one. A lot of people are confused about this technique and there aren't many like it on the net. This is right up there as one of the most powerful techniques in ps. There's a good book on this kind of thing called Photoshop Channel Chops. It's a boring book and a little out of date I suppose, but well worth studying if anyone wants to explore this type of thing further.

Blacknight 06-07-2002 11:49 PM

I don't know if this is of much help or if it will just create confusion, but way back when I first got into graphix and the internet I ran across something somewhere that looked interesting and I copied it and put it was way beyond me at the time, and may still be, but it was on channels and the use of masks and such and looked like it was an excerpt from a larger "something". It was by Kai Kraus, the brains behind Kai's power tools and other things.

Does this ring a bell with anyone? Is this book you're talking about by him?


novice 10-14-2002 06:55 PM

layer masking problem
Hi Doug

I've tried a couple of time but still cannot make it right. My Hue/Saturation affected the whole picture, not the flower only? What could have been wrong? I belive I do the masking correctly.


Doug Nelson 10-14-2002 07:23 PM

Alt-click on the layer mask. It will appear in your main edit window. It should be a black and white image. If it's all white or all black, you're not selecting it before painting.

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