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Feb 19, 2015

A Little Bit About Photoshop's Layer Masks.

A while back we had a request from a customer asking us if we could provide some information on how to use the Masking Layers in Photoshop. This is a great feature that can be used for many different purposes. Think if you would about a Halloween mask, behind which you can hide portions, or all of your face. The masking layers then are the same, allowing you to hide or reveal as much as you want of an image, without sacrificing anything by cropping or erasing portions.

To show you some of what it can do, we came up with our own project. Since it's currently the time of Valentines and romance, our task was all about love and marriage. The photos we chose were #264581 and #783838, newlyweds and a rose background, respectively.

The first step was to turn the former into a black and white image as we felt the contrast between it and the lush velvety hue and texture of the roses would be striking. To do so we went to 'Image' > 'Adjustment' > 'Black and White'.

We next combined both images into one Photoshop document by dragging the smaller bridal picture onto the background, which we had renamed "Roses". (This was done by selecting it in the Layers window then double clicking.)

Next we highlighted the layer for the photo of the bride and groom, and clicked the icon at the bottom to create a 'mask'. (This can also be done by going to 'Layer' > 'Layer Mask' > 'Reveal All')

With the mask selected we used the Brush tool from the bar at the left, (which you can find easily by tapping the B on your keyboard) and 'hid' the edges of the black and white photo beneath the roses so it appears as if the bridal couple are floating among the gorgeous blooms.

One of the magical things about Photoshop is that you don't have to know all of the things it's capable of doing to be able to use it to your advantage. You really can go along quite well with just a few of the basics. But should you want to increase your knowledge there are many helpful tutorials that allow you to learn as much as you want, or as little, at your own pace.

What's even more fun, though, is that if you decide to experiment and explore, the tools and techniques you can utilize to transform your images are many.

To learn more about how to put your creativity to the test with Layer Masks check out this great link:

A Featured Collection:

Continuing our theme of love and romance we thought we'd highlight a new collection of some beautiful Valentine illustrations:

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1 comment:

Collin Petersen said...

I've used Photoshop all my lift and when I upgraded to windows 8 I haven't yet got a copy for this operating system. I tried gimp and was awestruck how bad it was.