Disable and enable a layer mask

1. Click the Bananas layer on the Layers palette.

2. Click Layer on the menu bar, click Layer Mask, then click Disable. See Figure 17.

TIP You can also disable a layer mask by pressing [Shift] and then clicking the layer mask thumbnail, and then enable it by pressing [Shift] and clicking the layer mask thumbnail again.

3. Drag the Disable Layer Mask history state to the Delete current state button on the History palette.

TIP Before you remove a layer mask, verify that the layer mask, not just the layer, is active. Otherwise, if you use the Delete layer button on the Layers palette to remove the mask, you will delete the layer, not the layer mask.

You disabled and enabled the layer mask on the Bananas layer, using commands on the Layer menu.

FIGURE 17

Layer mask disabled

FIGURE 17

Layer mask disabled

Original view of bananas without the layer mask

Disabled layer mask

FIGURE 18

Warning box

FIGURE 18

Warning box

Enable Disable Layer Mask

Removes mask without applying it to layer

Applies mask to layer before removing

Removes mask without applying it to layer

Applies mask to layer before removing

FIGURE 19

Washout layer with layer mask removed

FIGURE 19

Washout layer with layer mask removed

Layer mask reverts to original appearance

Layer mask removed

Layer mask reverts to original appearance

Layer mask removed

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