Simple Layer Mask

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This is a very basic tutorial on layer masks Page 1 : A Simple Layer Mask

A layer mask is simply a way to hide parts of a picture or text.

Even though the masked parts are hidden they are still available if you need them.

In order to use a layer mask you need to understand two things: black takes away and white adds it back.

When you create a layer mask your foreground and background colors change to black and white.

If you fill an area on your layer mask with black, that area will disappear. However you use black, whether you use a brush, a selection, or a fill, the area will disappear. The reverse holds true if you use white. White will reveal all there is in the layer mask while black will hide all there is in a layer mask.

This is a simple layer mask tutorial.

The purpose of this tutorial is to mask the lettering so that it looks like it's behind the glass and so you can have a basic understanding of how a layer mask works.

Page 2: A Simple Layer Mask

I started with this image of the strawberries (layer 2) which I placed in another document. I could of easily done this without placing it in another document but this is how I did it.

Next, I typed in my text which created its own layer. In order to mask a type layer you must render the type by using the menu Layer>Rasterize>Type.

You need to create a layer mask as above. The Reveal All means everything on that layer can be seen and Hide All will make everything disappear. If you use Reveal All (which i always do) you need to use black as your foreground color to mask out any areas you want to get rid of. If you use Hide All you will need to use white as your foreground color to reveal everything which was hidden.

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