Advice 1: How to apply a layer mask in Photoshop

Mask layer in Photoshop, it's absolutely magic tool. It is a grayscale channel with black or white background, the "weight" of 8 bits. The mask determines which areas of a layer are visible and which are not. It can be as plain or gradient, depending on the choice of the artist. Applying a mask layer, you can achieve a special, amazing, effects. The main feature of the mask is that pixels that have disappeared or changed under the mask is not lost, you can recover them by removing the mask.
The use of layer mask
You will need
  • Adobe Photoshop, photos.
To work with mask layers, you must create it. For this there is the Add Layer Mask button located at the bottom of the Layers palette. Running this command, Photoshop creates a mask for the active layer. Next to the image thumbnail in the Layers palette occurs the white rectangle. White color for the mask layer designates an opaque region, while black is transparent. Shades of grey are responsible for the translucent region.
Create mask <strong>layer</strong>
Applying a mask layer, you can create a montage of two photos. To do this, place the images on different layers one over the other. In this one image overlaps another. Then you need to create a mask layer for the top of the image. Then you can begin working in the mask. To work in a mask, click it with the mouse or pen. You should then fill the whole mask with black color by pressing Ctrl+Backspace. When the entire mask is filled with black, it becomes transparent. Next, you can go directly to the creation of the collage. To do this, with a brush, it is necessary to paint on the mask the area you want to make visible.
Work in the mask <strong>layer</strong>
With a mask layer , you can create smooth transitions between two images using the Gradient tool. For this you need to copy the images on two different layers, and to the top of them to apply the mask. Then, going into the mask , press G to apply the gradient. It should be checked in the properties panel, so that the gradient was a smooth transition from black to white. So that the gradient was smooth, you should hold down the Shift key to hold on the mask line from top to bottom, starting from about one third image from the bottom.
Mask + gradient
This replicated the effect of how the text filled in any image can be created with the help of a mask layer. To do this, create a blank document and copy to a new layer in any image. Then click T (Text) and in the properties panel, click the "Text mask". You must then dial the desired text and click on the button to create the mask layer. As a result of these simple manipulations of text filled with image.
Text filled with image
By default, the generated mask is filled with pure white. That is, the image is not masked, the impact of this effect is 100%. The mask can only display shades of gray, so when using color gradients on the mask will still appear transitions only in shades of grey.
Useful advice
The mask is convenient to use as a "snapshot" of you created the selection. To do this, simply go to the Channels tab and click the "Save selection as channel". There will be new black-and-white alpha channel. Now you can deselect. The mask can be used when required, just click on it, hold down the Ctrl key.

Advice 2 : How to make a layer mask in Photoshop

Mask in Photoshop is one of tools to reversibly create a transparent area on any of the layers except for the background. There are several ways to create masks in this photo editor.
How to make a layer mask in Photoshop
You will need
  • - Photoshop;
  • image.
To create a mask layer in Photoshop you should choose one of the options of the group Layer Mask from the Layer menu. The use of Reveal All is not visually change the image on the masked layer, but next to the icon layer icon will appear in the mask.
To start editing the mask, not the image, click on the mask icon. Application of this option Reveal All justified, if the area of the layer you want to make transparent, much less part of the image that will remain unchanged. To make part of picture transparent paint over the desired fragment black color on the mask.
Option Hide All will make the layer completely transparent, and the mask rectangle that will appear in the layers palette will be filled with black colour. To use this option more convenient in the case that layer, except for a small region, you need to make transparent. In order to indicate the opaque portions of the layer, paint them on the mask with white color.
To edit a layer mask you can use the tools Brush Tool, Paint Bucket Tool and tools Shape Tool, switched the mode to Fill pixels.
Adjustment layers in Photoshop are created by default with a layer mask in Reveal All mode. They are designed to apply a series of filters to all the visible layers file. To edit the mask in the adjustment layer using the same tools and colors, and to change the layer mask with the image.
To the layer filter or an image, you can apply two independently editable masks, one of which is a raster and the second vector. To create a vector mask, use one of the options of the group Vector Mask Layer menu. Like raster, vector mask can be created using the Reveal All or Hide All.
To edit vector masks, the Pen Tool and apply the tool, Shape Tool in Shape Layers mode.
Another way of changing the opacity of the layer in Photoshop is creating the clipping mask. To create a mask of this type will be positioned below the layer with the image, part of which should be made transparent, the image on the limits of the opaque area which will be clipped to this layer. The basis for a clipping mask can serve as opaque lettering, geometric figure, or any layer with transparency.
Click on the top layer and apply the option Create Clipping Mask from the Layer menu. The layer with the image will remain opaque only those areas that lie over opaque areas of a layer-basis.
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