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What is a layer mask?

A layer mask is a tool that allows you to hide or reveal specific layers in your image. You can use it to protect parts of your image from being changed, or to change the appearance of an entire layer.How do I create a layer mask?To create a layer mask, first open the image you want to work with. Next, click on the Layers icon at the bottom of the window and select Masking > Layer Mask.A new window will appear with your image inside it. On the left side of this window, you'll see four different options: Source, Destination, Inputs, and Outputs. The first three options are self-explanatory - they control what information is sent to and from the masking process. The fourth option is where you tell Photoshop which part of your image should be used as the source for creating the mask (in other words, which pixels should be blackened or revealed). To create a black layer mask (or any other color), simply fill in one pixel in each row and column of this area with that color.To create a white layer mask (or any other color), simply fill in all pixels in this area with that color.Once you've created your masks, click on OK to close out of this window and return to your original image.What are some uses for layer masks?One common use forlayer masks is whenyou wantto protect certain areasof animagefrombeingchangedbyanotherpartoftheimage(for example:you'reworkingonaphotowithpeopleinsideitandyoudon'twantthemtobecoloredaccordingtothebackground).Youcanuseamasktohidetheseareascompletelyfromviewwhilekeepingtheotherpartsoftheimageintact.(Note:thisisapolytechniqueandwillnotchangeanythinthatthesourcepicturecontains.)Anothercommonapplicationforlayermasksinvolveschangingtheappearanceofanexistinglayerset.(Forinstance,"Cloning"an Image)Ratherthanreplacingeveryonelayerwith anewoneaftercreatingamanipulatedcopyofthetargetpicture(whichwouldrequirealotoftimeandspace),youcanclonethetargetpictureusingthelayersetandalldepositallofthechangesonthelayermaskinstead.(Thismakesitmucheasiertomaintainyouroriginalpicturesizeandquality.)Anotherusefulelementmasksonlyoccurswhenyouwanttocopyimagesontoaframeworkwithoutchangingthementirely(forinstance:WhenYouWishTocopyAnImageOntoASinglePictureAndLeaveTheOriginalAsIs).Inthissituationitisimportantthatonlythosepixelsinthewormedataframearescopiedovertopthatthedatainfoframedoesn'tincludethosepixels.(Thisisdoneusingacloneoperationonthelayermaskratherthanadifferentdataformat.)Finally,"Removing"aLayerMaskFromAnImageCanBeUsedWhenYouWantToReleaseCertainAreasOfYourImageForPrinting Or WebUse."Inthiscaseyou'dclickonthelayermaskandchoose"Remove From Image".ThiswillcausePhotoshoptoconvertthergbvaluesinthelayermaskshortcutsintoblack&whitepixelshavingtheremovedareaasa WhiteBackground AndBlackTextAreaOnADrawingArea."Softerewaremakersoftenofferamonitoringfeaturecalled'ContentEditingProtectedImages'.Withthisfeatureenabled,'Any Changes Made To A Picture That Is Protected By Content Editing Will Not Affect The Picture's Appearance In Normal View', Which Helps Prevent Copying Errors When Printing Pictures Or Making Text Changes To Images For Web Use.

What does it mean to turn layer mask black?

When you turn layer mask black, it means that the layer mask will be used to hide all of the pixels on the selected layer that are not black. This is a useful technique for hiding parts of your image that you do not want to see.

How do you turn a layer mask black in Photoshop?

There are a few different ways to turn a layer mask black in Photoshop. One way is to use the Brush tool and paint over the area of the layer mask that you want to make black. Another way is to use the Channel Mixer tool and change the blend mode of the layer mask to "Black.

Why would you want to turn a layer mask black?

There are a few reasons why you might want to turn a layer mask black. For example, if you want to hide all the layers below the layer mask, turning the layer mask black will do just that. Alternatively, if you only want some of the layers beneath the layer mask to be visible, turning the layer mask black will make those layers visible. Finally, if you need to change the color of a layer that is masked by another layer, turning the black mask off will allow you to paint over that area with whatever color you choose.So how do you turn a layer mask black?There are two ways to do this: You can either use the Black & White option in Photoshop's Layer Masking dialog box or use one of Photoshop's built-in filters.The Black & White Option in Photoshop's Layer Masking Dialog BoxIf you want to turn a layer mask black using Photoshop's Layer Masking dialog box, first select the appropriate checkbox next to "Black & White" in the Layers panel and then click OK. This will switch on Photoshop's Black & White mode and allow you to make your changes using the options in the dialog box.To turn alayermaskblackusingtheBlack&WhiteoptioninthesliderspanelofPhotoshop:1)Selectthecheckboxnexttothe"Black&White"optioninthelayerspanelofthephotoshopapplication2)ClickOKtoactivatephotoshop'sBlack&Whitemodeandentertheoptionsyou require intoitsldmaskingdialogbox.(YoucanalsoaccesstheseoptionsbyclickingontheLayerMaskicononthetopofthesliderstoolbar.)TheBuilt-In FiltersIn addition to using Photoshop's Layer Masking dialog box, you can also use one of its built-in filters (such as Filter > Black & White > Color Burn). To do this, first select your desired filter from within Photoshop's Filter menu and then click on your desired button (such as Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) inside of Photoshop's window.Once your filter has been selected, it will appear at the bottom of Photoshop's window along with any other filters that have been applied to your image. Next, click on your desired checkbox next to "Use masks for." This will activate Photoshop's masks feature and allow you to make your changes using the options available within that module.(YoucanalsoconsultPhotoshop'SHelpfileforthelocationofthebuiltinfiltersinthesetup.)TurningaLayerMaskingBlandHowtocuttlearlemaskablack?Thereare twotoolsavailableinsPaintShopProthatwillhelpyouachievethisgoal: The Quick Selection tool and thumbnails . With thumbnails enabled (click on thumbnails near top right corner of screen), clicking once anywhere inside an image containing layers allows Paint Shop Pro selection tools (including Quick Selection tool)to instantly pick up all child pixels belonging tomask(s). So when we say 'turnlayermaskblack,'whatweactuallymeanistouppercaseourselayersnameonthetoolbarofPaintShopProandalcoholtherankordatadimensionbelowit(orusethumbnailstohaveanidealviewformanipulatinglayeredimages),clickonthewindowcontainingselectedselectiontoolsandalternatepickupthemagnifyingglassicon(nearbottomrightcornerofthedisplay),andthenpressCtrl+D/Cmd+Dtocopythattargettedlayerontoanotherpositiononthewindow.(Alternatively,"draganddrop"yourtargettedlayerfromonewindowontoanother.

What are the benefits of turning a layer mask black?

There are many benefits to turning a layer mask black. Black is the default color for all masks, so by turning a layer mask black, you can hide any unwanted elements from view. Additionally, if you need to remove parts of an image without damaging the underlying layers, using a black layer mask will help you achieve this goal more easily. Finally, if you want to change the overall appearance of an image without affecting its content, turning a layer mask black can do just that.

Are there any drawbacks to turning a layer mask black?

There are a few potential drawbacks to turning a layer mask black. First, it can make the underlying image harder to see. Second, if you accidentally turn the mask too black, you may end up with an unusable image that is completely covered by the layer mask. Finally, if you need to remove part of the layer mask but don't want to erase everything beneath it, turning the mask black may not be your best option.

Can you adjust the opacity of a layer mask?

Yes, you can adjust the opacity of a layer mask. To do this, open the layer mask by clicking on the thumbnail to the left of the layer in your document window. Then use the Opacity slider at the bottom of the Layers panel to change how much of the underlying image is masked. The default setting is 100%, which means that all of the image is masked. You can reduce or increase the opacity of a layer mask to control how much of an image is visible through it.

How do you invert a layer mask?

Inverting a layer mask means making the pixels that are currently hidden by the mask visible. This is done by selecting the layer mask, clicking on the "Invert" button located in the Layer Mask palette, and then adjusting the settings as needed.

There are a few things to keep in mind when inverting a layer mask:

-The inverted layer mask will be placed over the current image, so make sure you have it positioned where you want it before inverting it.

-If there are any areas of your image that should remain masked (i.e., parts of your image that you don't want to show through), you'll need to fill those areas in with black before inverting the layer mask.

-Be careful not to accidentally delete any part of your image while inverting a layer mask; if this happens, you'll have to start from scratch and re-create your desired effect.

What is the difference between hiding and deleting a layer mask?

When you hide a layer mask, the layer is not displayed, but the mask remains active. When you delete a layer mask, the layer is removed and the mask is destroyed.

To show or hide a layermask:

Figure 1: The Layer Mask Dialog Box

  1. Select the layer to which you want to apply the mask.
  2. In the Layers panel, click on the eye icon next to the Layer Mask thumbnail (or press Alt+L). The Layer Mask dialog box will open.
  3. In this dialog box, select either Show or Hide from the drop-down list at the top of the dialog box (see Figure .
  4. Click OK to apply your changes and view your results in Photoshop's document window (or press Enter/Return).

How do you create a new layer mask?

There are a few ways to create a new layer mask. One way is to use the "New Layer Mask" dialog box. To do this, open the Layers panel and click on the icon that looks like a white paper with a black cross in it (the letter M). This will open the New Layer Mask dialog box.

To create a layer mask using this method, first select the area of your image that you want to protect from being deleted or changed by future edits. Next, click on the icon that looks like three overlapping squares (the letter V). This will open the Vector Mask dialog box.

In this dialog box, you'll need to specify what areas of your image should be protected by your new layer mask. You can either enter specific pixel values or use ranges of values. For example, if you wanted to protect all of the pixels below 100% opacity, you would enter 100% into the "Start" field and 0% into the "End" field in the Vector Mask dialog box.

Once you've created your layer mask, it will appear in front of all other layers in your document and will be invisible unless you choose to show it using one of Photoshop's various tools (such as selecting Edit > Show All).

How do you apply a filter to a layer mask?

There are a few ways to apply a filter to a layer mask. One way is to use the Mask dialog box. To do this, open the Mask dialog box by selecting Layer > Mask > Mask. Then, select the layer you want to filter and click on the Filter button (the three dots in the lower-right corner of the dialog box). The Filter Options dialog box will appear.

In this dialog box, you can choose from several filters that can be applied to layers in your document. The most common filters are Blur (to soften or blur edges), Color (to change the color of a layer), and Glow (to add an effect that makes layers glow).

Another way to apply a filter is using shortcut keys. You can press F5 (Windows) or Command+F5 (Mac) to open the Filters window, which contains all of your current filters. Then, you can click on the desired filter icon (.gif file) to apply it to your layer mask.

Can you paint on alayermasked photo ?![alt text][13]?

Yes, you can paint on an alayermasked photo. To do this, first make sure the photo is properly prepared and layered. Next, use the layer masking tools to blacken only the areas you want to paint.