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Layer Mask Tutorial

Layer Mask Tutorial in Photoshop

Creating a clipping path in adobe photoshop is not difficult.  All you need to do is to have the object you want to mask at hand.  You may star by drawing the object you want to masked. Have some parts of the images clipped so that you end up with a vector shape which will act as a window. The next thing you need to do is to place a vector in front of the object you want masked. You can go to the main menu and click on clipping mask where you will have to choose either make or press option. You can right click and have the masking clipping tool selected.

If you follow this procedure, you will end up with an object in the mask shape.

Adding a layer Mask

When you want to control a layer transparency, you may have to use a layer mask. The mask can be used to hide or reveal a portion of the image you are working on. Transparency can be used to control and adjust the opacity of a layer. However, when you use a mask, you can show as much portion as you want.  It also allows you to hide as much information as possible.  As you do all this, you don’t have to erase any pixel. There are two distinct methods you can use to do this job;

Layer Mask Tutorial

Method 1

Select a layer and highlight the parts and the sections you want masked. Ensure that the layer is visible because if it is not, you may not be able to perform the required function. Select the area you want masked using Marquee tools. You also need to select the area you wish to have revealed. You can get a soft edge by setting the desired feature radius and drawing the selection.

To create the mask, you must click on add the layer button which is found at the bottom of the layer palette. If this process is cumbersome, you may opt to go to the layer menu from which you can click on add the layer to create the mask.

If you don’t like this option, you can go to the layer menu where you will have to choose layer mask which will reveal a selection from which to choose.  After you successfully add a layer on it, you will have some images remaining transparent, a thing that allows the background to show itself out.

 Method 2

This is another method to help you add a layer on your mask.  In this method, you will start by adjusting your layer mask.  This can be done by fine tuning it until you get the image you want. You need to set up your document layers depending on what you want. You can then draw your selection using the pen tool. This will help you draw a path around the area you want selected. If you want to adjust the drawing, you may have to adjust by using the direct selection tool.

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