Mask­ing

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

Layer Masks are the key to suc­cess­ful com­pos­ites. They let you hide parts of a layer, thereby re­veal­ing the de­tails on the layer be­low. Of­ten the best way to be­gin when cut­ting out part of a layer is with a selection tool, like Quick Selection or Magic Wand. You can then re­fine the selection be­fore turn­ing it into a Layer Mask. Layer Masks ap­pear be­side lay­ers in the Lay­ers panel. High­light the lit­tle mask thumb­nail and you can paint over the im­age with black to hide parts of the layer or white to re­veal, giv­ing you com­plete con­trol over what’s vis­i­ble or hid­den.

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