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How To Use Layer Masks In Photoshop

About this week’s episode

Masks are simple pixel areas that are visible or hidden on certain layers. For example; if you’ve applied a layer with a certain effect and you either want to reduce the effect or only reveal a certain part of the layer, applying a mask makes this possible. There are many techniques using tools to create effects before or after applying a mask. Two simple way to use masks:

  • Applying a mask keeps the effect visible and areas can be brushed out.
  • Inverting the mask hides the effect and areas can be brushed in.



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