Layer masks

Layer Masks work very much iike their cousins in Photoshop. By painting into the mask with biack the contents of the iayer are hidden. If you have not used masks before you may want to try the short step-by-step exampie beiow:

Step 1 Fiie> Open> DVD> Step-by-step fiies> '07 Muiti-Layered Fiie'.

Step 2 Ciick the top iayer to make it the active iayer Step 3 Make a iayer mask by ciicking on the iayer mask icon highiighted in Figure 7.5.

Step 4 Ciick on the iayer mask itseif to make it active, the mask thumbnaii wiii have a biack iine around it. You must do this or you wiii be painting on the image itseif rather than the mask.

Figure 7.5

Layer mask.

Figure 7.5

Layer mask.

Step 5 Select the Pencils> Grainy Cover Pencil 3 with a size of about 65.0 and Opacity 100%. In the Colors palette make the painting color Black. Step 6 Paint with the brush in the picture area, you will see the face disappearing and the layer below being revealed. The painted layer mask can be seen in Figure 7.6 while the resulting picture is shown in Figure 7.7. Step 7 Reduce the brush opacity to 25% and paint again. Note that these strokes have only partially hidden the top layer, black hides the picture but shades of gray only partially hide the layers below. Step 8 Change the painting color to white and paint over the masked area, this will reveal the original picture again.

To delete a layer mask, click on the layer mask to activate it then click on the Trash can which will delete the mask and leave the original layer intact.

Figure 7.6

Layers palette showing layer

Figure 7.6

mask.

Layers palette showing layer mask.

Figure 7.7

The effect of a layer mask on the top layer.

Figure 7.7

The effect of a layer mask on the top layer.

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