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ManipT+T Layer Masks Explained

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Uploading older tutorials for migration of #photoshop-tutorials' gallery to the new groups system - I didn't remember I had this many uploaded just over there ^^;

First uploaded: April 24, 2005



This is also one of my earliest tutorials and it's still one of my favourites. It explains the much-dreaded and often overlooked Layer Masks feature in Photoshop. No photomanipulator should go wihout this :nod:

IMPORTANT: This tutorial was written for Photoshop 7 and therefore, some expressions may be slightly different from what Adobe uses in the newer CS versions. It shouldn't be a problem though.


:bulletblue: If you use this I'd love to see (and fave)!

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xxIntricate's avatar
finally, a tutorial on layer clipping I think I actually understand! a HUGE thank you!
TomasClark's avatar
Excellent tutorial. Thank you! It's always great to go back and review some of the basics.
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SecretLineage's avatar
Very clear and excellent tutorial! I'll be sure to link you when I use this next. And it will definitely make blending my backgrounds SO much easier!
midnightwillow11195's avatar
Wow. Been going through your tutorials and I have to say, AMAZING! Both your tutorials AND your art! You have earned yourself a new watcher!
DandeiraArt's avatar
Thank you for this!!
ATGunn's avatar
Thank you so much for the tutorials!!!
AokitianWolf's avatar
My only problem is that CS3 has "Clipping masks", not layer masks. Plus, there's a arrow pointing down when I make a layer a clipping mask instead of the chain.
Are they pretty much the same thing?

Sorry for the really stupid question.
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
it has both - what you found was a clipping mask which uses the layer underneath to determine the visible pixels. You need to click on the layer mask symbol underneath the layers palette to get a layer mask as described above. the tutorial was written for PS7 quite some years ago, anything that version had is in the later ones too.
AokitianWolf's avatar
Ah, okay. :D
Thanks for clearing that up! :meow:
MachiavelliCro's avatar
Hi ! Your great work featured here :[link]
Excelia's avatar
This was fun to learn. Thanks so much for taking the time to teach.
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
you are most welcome!
kimmig2000's avatar
Honestly, you make THE BEST tutorials! So detailed and clear and you explain everything!
perpetualdamsel's avatar
Thanks for sharing! :D
Roxor41's avatar
Fantastic tutorial- well presented, simple, direct and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
you're welcome! glad it helps!
Nolamom3507's avatar
Another great time-saving tip! I've been using layer masks for awhile, but I didn't know about using the fill tool in conjunction. I've never thought of filters with masks. What a great idea. Thank you again.
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