Masking With a Layer Mask

Masking With a Layer Mask

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Create a Layer Mask in Photoshop



Masking involves removing unwanted areas of your image. You are often left with just one person or one object.

A new layer can then be added below the masked image and your person or object is transported to a new reality.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

With the image layer selected, double-click the layer thumbnail. Click OK and the layer is no longer a Background layer.

Step Three

With the image layer still selected, choose Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.

Step Four

A new white layer mask is added to the image layer. Click the Mask icon to select the mask.

Step Five

Select the Brush tool and set the foreground color to black (press the d key, then press the x key).

Step Six

Zoom in on the image and using a three pixel hard-edged, 100% opacity brush, paint the mask with black. Paint with white if you need to restore the image.

Step Seven

Paint around the object and the background appears. For clarity, add a new layer below the image layer filled with a bright color. Continue the painting process with a larger brush to finish the mask.

Masking Large Areas

Larger areas may be masked quickly with the Marquee tools. Select the area and then fill it with black (Edit > Fill + Black). To see the mask, Option (PC-Alt) click the mask thumbnail.


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