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Photoshop: Layer Masks

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With Layers understood from a previous video, we can tackle the layer mask in Photoshop!

Layer masks are the bread and butter of editing images.  Layer masks allow you to merge layers together and cut out parts you do not want to see.   Take for example an image which you require the skyline to become different, lets say you have an image which is taken in the day but want to change this to early morning or dusk.  This is no problem with layer masks in Photoshop.

Photoshop Video Details

In this video we shall look at how to perfom a basic layer mask which will transform a late evening image into an early morning vista.  This requires many elements to be applied; ranging from masking out the sky and replacing it with something else to applying photo filters to the composition to address the color variances that a twighlight image would be in comparision to a morning (i.e. brighten up parts of the image where they are currently shadows etc..)

With Layer masks in Photoshop you can pretty much do anything.  If you want to use Photoshop properly this video should empress upon you the absolute need for layers and the power they can bring.  Put simply, Layer masks are a very important step in learning how to tame the beast which is Photoshop!

This video is one of many Photoshop tutorials on this site click here for more

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590 Comments

  1. stevensonrf says
    20 Sep 12 at 5:26pm

    Very helpful; thank You!

  2. RudeMcNasty says
    18 Jun 12 at 11:51am

    Thank you so much for doing this video! It taught me a few things I do not know was possible, just at the end when you were doing fine touches I thought it was too harsh would you change anything if you could do it over again? And again thank you so much for your videos. Los Angeles, California, USA.

  3. 18 Jun 12 at 11:51am

    [..YouTube..] Thank you so much for doing this video! It taught me a few things I do not know was possible, just at the end when you were doing fine touches I thought it was too harsh would you change anything if you could do it over again? And again thank you so much for your videos. Los Angeles, California, USA.

  4. tonymonopoly11 says
    20 May 12 at 2:36pm

    its pretty btw good job. i have a problem though with something similar. lol and need help. its about my layer thumbnails. all im trying to do is keep image of smart brush so i can do another project.i tried decreasing the ants from smart brush but it erases the detail of my smart brush work. im trying to keep the effects without using new layer so i can see the changes better.

  5. 20 May 12 at 2:36pm

    [..YouTube..] its pretty btw good job. i have a problem though with something similar. lol and need help. its about my layer thumbnails. all im trying to do is keep image of smart brush so i can do another project.i tried decreasing the ants from smart brush but it erases the detail of my smart brush work. im trying to keep the effects without using new layer so i can see the changes better.

  6. 123jozef says
    08 May 12 at 11:38am

    It is b/c this effect transfers to “Grayscale” utilizing only white or black.

  7. 123jozef says
    08 May 12 at 11:38am

    [..YouTube..] It is b/c this effect transfers to “Grayscale” utilizing only white or black.

  8. 123jozef says
    08 May 12 at 11:36am

    Nice tutorial. What’s so cool about PS is there are a million ways to achieve the same effect. Some folks are great with the lasso tools and others dig the masks. If you get a nice pen tool, you can also do amazing things. I realize this was basic, but a finished comp cannot have ANY doubt as to what was enhanced in PS and what was NOT. That is where pain-staking time to detail step in. I’m a fan of the lasso tools. I can move very fast and accurately after years and years of experience.

  9. 123jozef says
    08 May 12 at 11:36am

    [..YouTube..] Nice tutorial. What’s so cool about PS is there are a million ways to achieve the same effect. Some folks are great with the lasso tools and others dig the masks. If you get a nice pen tool, you can also do amazing things. I realize this was basic, but a finished comp cannot have ANY doubt as to what was enhanced in PS and what was NOT. That is where pain-staking time to detail step in. I’m a fan of the lasso tools. I can move very fast and accurately after years and years of experience.

  10. 123jozef says
    08 May 12 at 11:36am

    [..YouTube..] Nice tutorial. What’s so cool about PS is there are a million ways to achieve the same effect. Some folks are great with the lasso tools and others dig the masks. If you get a nice pen tool, you can also do amazing things. I realize this was basic, but a finished comp cannot have ANY doubt as to what was enhanced in PS and what was NOT. That is where pain-staking time to detail step in. I’m a fan of the lasso tools. I can move very fast and accurately after years and years of experience.

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