Saving a Selection as a Layer Mask

Saving a Selection as a Layer Mask

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Save a Selection as a Layer Mask in Photoshop



Selections can be made with the numerous tools in Photoshop. Once you make a selection, it can be saved as a Channel, a Layer Mask or converted to a Path.

In this topic we will create a selection, then save it as a Layer Mask.

For more information on saving a selection as a Path or Channel see topics, Saving a Selection as a Path and Saving a Selection as a Channel.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Add a selection to the document by choosing the Elliptical Marquee tool (m key) and click-dragging in the workspace.

Step Three

Press Option/Delete (PC - Alt/Backspace) to fill the Ellipse with the Foreground color.

Step Four

Click the Add a Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. The Background layer is converted to a Transparency layer and a mask is added. The white areas of the mask correspond to the opaque sections of the layer. The ellipse is no longer selected.

Step Five

To load your mask as a selection, Cmd-click (PC - Ctrl-click) the Mask icon in the Layers panel.

Temporarily Disable the Mask

Once you have created a mask, you may want to temporarily turn it on or off. By Shift-clicking the Mask icon the Mask is activated or deactivated.


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