Subscribe To My Videos Some Important Points To Remember about Layer Masks From The Video. Press the letter D to set the foreground and background colors located at the bottom of the toolbox to their default colors of black and white. Apparently, the wise man was a big Photoshop user who may have spent a little too much time alone on top of the mountain. Let me deselect, back to my tile in the Layers panel. Look now at the layer mask because you can see on the layer mask where I have now masked this effect.
In Contrast, layer masks allow you to make changes at any time — even years from now. Where the Eraser Tool deleted the contents of the layer, the layer mask simply hides it from view! It is possible to create faux layer masks in Photoshop Elements if you know how — and today, I am going to show you how. It was always one of the big features that people liked more about the full version of Photoshop. Here I have a couple of wedding photos that I think would work well blended together. Drag the adjustment layer so it sits between the two image layers. My pixels will always be there.
And we know that whether the contents on the layer are visible or not, they're still always there. Layer masks use only white, black, and all the shades of gray in between, and they use these three colors white, black and gray to control the transparency of a layer. Photoshop makes it very easy with a Add Layer Mask button right in the layers palette. For instance, if you print the image and realize you erased too much of your blur, you can use the layer mask to bring it right back. She has also written four books on photo crafts and blogs at. They open huge doors to creative possibilities and help Photoshop users knock out simple tasks as well! That Exact-o-Sharp selective sharpening layer came from also. To activate the layer mask for editing, you have to click on it so that the layer is highlighted and active for editing and the mask itself has a white outline around it.
If it's white instead press the X key to switch them around. As the name implies this masks the effect of a layer. Just change the areas of white, black, and gray on the layer mask by painting with any of the painting tools. For this example I want the Borders bookstore on the left side of the picture to be non-blurry. If the mask is completely white, that means that effect is showing everywhere on the photo.
Now that I've deleted my mask, both the mask itself and its thumbnail in the Layers palette are gone: When you delete a layer mask, its thumbnail in the Layers palette also disappears. As long as that white outline is around the layer mask, you are painting on it. See how my One Click layer is darker? What if instead, you wanted to hide everything on the layer when you add the mask, so that as soon as the mask is added, everything on that layer disappears from view? I'm going to resize my brush to the same general size I used with the Eraser Tool by once again using the left and right bracket keys, and I want my brush to have nice, soft edges so I get smooth transitions between the areas of the layer that are visible and the areas that are hidden, and I can soften my brush edges by holding down Shift and pressing the left bracket key a few times. Fill this mask using the paint bucket tool with black. It must be very similar to what I am doing with the teeth brightening technique described above. The Eraser Tool deletes parts of the image but layer masks simply hide them. Using the brush opacity slider, which you can see in the tool options bar above, I paint with white as my foreground color at 100% opacity over her face.
In fact, layer masks can hold any form of grayscale pixel information. Earlier on in the course I pointed out to you that one of the reasons that you need to develop your use of selection tools is to be able to work on part of an image. If layer masks can hold any grayscale information, why not try to mask a layer with something photographic? Layer masks don't physically alter or affect the contents of the layer in any way. Would they work out any better? Well, let's see what happens if I simply try lowering the opacity of the top layer. The alternative would be starting with a white mask and painting on a lot of black. I have often simply made a copy of the background layer, used the effect I wanted blurred, or black an white, etc and then used the eraser tool sometimes at differing opacities to reveal the parts of the background that I want to. That may be fine for some situations, but what if you want only part of a layer to be transparent? Now if you're getting paid by the hour or you simply enjoy taking the scenic route through life, you could add a layer mask by going up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen, choosing Layer Mask, and then choosing Reveal All.
If you have trouble viewing this QuickTime video,. The right one, is the layer mask thumbnail. The masked layer will now be inset a bit and have an arrow pointing down to the Adjustment Layer. This is a helpful way to creatively and subtly blend one layer into another. I hope I have made this not confusing, but if it is less than clear please let me know and I will rework it. Deepen Your Understanding Of Layer Masks By Exploring The Use Of Black Layer Masks For Quick Photo Edits.
To prove that the photo on the top layer is still there, I'm going to fill the layer mask with white. I guess all I can really do then is set the number of undo's in Photoshop's Preferences to 100 and never close out of my Photoshop documents until after the client has paid me. In short, they make part of a layer visible and part invisible. So if I right clicked now and said Edit Adjustment it would bring up the Photo Filter dialog again. If you are trying to make the current layer that the mask is on partially transparent to reveal the layer underneath, that layer does have to be directly below the mask. You can tell that the blurred layer is grouped with the adjustment layer because it is indented and a 90° arrow points to the adjustment layer: Now select the Brush tool from the toolbox. Now, I have some pictures of orchids in my kitchen.
They have to be grouped together. I'm happy with this, I think my client is going to be happy with this as well, so I'll email a copy of the image off to my client, save my Photoshop document, close out of it, shut down my computer and go enjoy the rest of my day while I wait for the client to call me and tell me how awesome I am. Black will be the foreground or active color. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more. Then I place the bucket over the picture and click, but nothing happens.