The use of layer masks in Photoshop

In this lesson that is a basic one it is going to discover Layer Masks. Layer Mask in Photoshop. Photoshop layer masks are an important aspect and is inconceivable to think of Photoshop with no layer mask. In this article, we will dive deep into masking, from making an image to understanding what it can do. Let’s get started!

What exactly is the term “layer Masking?

1. layer masking can be used to conceal and show layers’ components.

2. This program gives users complete control of the areas of the image that you want for editing them rather than eliminating or erase the images.

3. It is possible to use layers mask when the compositing process, editing parts of an image, or cutting pictures to use within a new document and so on.

How do you add an Layer Mask

1. Choose a Layer from the panel for Layers.

2. Click the Add Layer Mask button to insert an existing layer mask. A transparent white thumbnail of the layer is displayed on the layer you have selected showing everything visible that is on the layer.

3. The white Borders surrounding the mask signifies that you’ve chosen or are working on a mask.

4. Additionally, you can add layer mask by choosing layer > mask > reveal all.

Layer Mask Basics

1. For paint over your mask we utilize to paint on the mask, we use Brush instrument. It is possible to press (B) to enable it or you can move it on the tool bar to enable the tool.

2. Paint on an image by using black colors implies covering all the components in the layer.

3. Paint on a layer by using white colors is revealing areas of the layer.

4. Press (D) to Reset the Foreground/Background colors to White and Black. You can switch between the foreground/background color by pressing (X) key.

Utilizing Layer Mask by hiding the components

Make use of this round soft brush for masking. Right-click on the image or document and choose the brush from Brush library.

1. Invoke the Brush tool, and change the color of the foreground to black using the key (D). Paint over the image with the soft brush to cover the areas that are visible.

2. It is evident that I’ve drawn on the left side and when it is beginning to obscure portions of the picture. that are visible. The translucent area begins to appear.

3. The layers masking areas that we’ve painted is now black and are obscured. Check out the thumbnail of the mask.

Utilizing Layer Mask Releasing the parts

1. Change the color of the background to white using (X). Paint over those areas hidden by using an gentle brush in white coloring to expose the areas which we’ve hidden.

2. As you can see, through applying paint over an image with white color that we’ve restored the elements that were hidden. It is possible to go back at any time to mask what parts of the image by using the layer mask since it’s completely non destructive.

3. To erase a mask just right-click it, and then select Remove Layer Mask

Understanding Layer Mask Results

1. Use Alt/Option, and then press ALT/Option and click upon the mask to display the results of layer masks.

2. The white areas indicate obvious parts.

3. The Black region indicates the hidden areas.

Layer Mask using Selection

I’ve placed the wall image beneath the model layer by choosing the File menu and then Place in Embedded. You can activate the Move Tool by pressing (V) and then drag the layer underneath the model’s layer.

Choose to use the Wizard Wand toolby hitting (W) on your keyboard. Check that that Contiguous is selected in the options bar. Then click on the background that is white to choose it.

You are able to include and subtract option to adjust the settings.

To make your selection, use on the Shift key to select the image.

To remove the selection use the alt key and then select the image.

Now that the background has been set, so to choose the dancer click the menu Select > Inverse and then reverse your selection so that you can select the object.

Click on “Add Layer” Mask for the mask. Look at the results, and see how you can change to the color of dancer with an overlay mask.

Use an easy round brush (unless required) to get soft blended results with the mask. It is possible to set the amount of pressure the brush has using the following procedure: select the brush you want to use and select it, then click anywhere within the image or document to display the settings of the brush visible.

You may also alter the amount of opacity and speed of the brush using the options bar, so that the blend appear natural and soft, so it doesn’t look overly dramatic.

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