Use BRIGHTNESS CONTRAST - Darken Layer Mask - drag the brightness down.
Now you can partially see through the ellipse. Now increase the
CONTRAST - notice what is happening in the layers palette as you make
Grab rectangular marquee tool and draw a square in the center of the
Switch foreground color to black. EDIT - FILL - foreground color
BLACK. Look at the layers palette and you will see the square you
Come back into the mask and use the paint bucket (click on the part of the
layer in the layers palette that has the mask).
SHIFT = CLICK the mask and it will temporarily eliminate the mask by
placing an X over it.
Grab MOVE TOOL and move the black circle - notice that the mask moves
with the object.
NOTE: Photoshop by default links your masks to your layers.
CHAIN between the mask and the circle. If you unlink it, when you
move the circle the mask stays in place and does not move with the circle
Paint black over the entrance to the cave with the brush tool.
Hold down ALT key and click on the mask and it will show the contents of
Grab paint bucket tool and fill in the outline of the cave.
Unlink the mask from the layer contents.
GET RID OF LAYER MASK
1. Select Layer Mask RIGHT CLICK press delete layer mask.
2. Select layer thumbnail and drag down to the trash can. this
is the best because it double checks with you about what you want to do.
Layer masks are not grey scale layers.
If you make a selection, and hit the layer mask, its just going to mask
If you make that selection and hold down the ALT key its going to fill
that selection with black.
ALT CLICK without anything selected will mask (or hide) everything.
Masks by default show up as white.
You can also use GRADIENTS in masks
Grab GRADIENT TOOL (select black to white).
Drag from top of ellipse to the bottom of the ellipse - see how each shade
of grey affects it.
Can be applied directly to a layer.
You use vector masks when you want to isolate a single object.
Advantage: they will give you a cleaner look, sharper edges and you
can scale them and never lose the sharp edges. They are paths and
are easy to edit if you know how to use the PEN TOOL.
Disadvantage: You cannot just paint on a vector mask.
CREATE A VECTOR MASK
Need a PATH
Create a new layer.
Create a path - Select PEN TOOL
Go to PATHS Palette. (WINDOW - PATHS) or look at tabs at top of layers
SAVE AS REGULAR PATH
Right now its a work path.
Drag it down to the NEW PATH ICON at the bottom of the paths palette.
Name the path "crazy shape"
In order to create a mask out of the path object, come up to
layer - vector mask - current path
You don't have blurring options with vector masks. So filters not
available in vector masks.
Can move tangent handles and edit the shape easily.
Very interesting - not regular masks. They are more like vector
masks in relation to shapes.
TRIANGLE on different layer than polygon.
If I apply a clipping mask to this, only the overlapping parts of this
shape will show.
hold down ALT key. and when you move over the layer border if you
click the area between the layers in the layers palette one layer is
clipped to the other.
ALT and click on same boundary to separate the clipping layer.
Quickly clip shapes to multiple layers.
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