Layer Mask in Photoshop Elements

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by GordonP, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. GordonP

    GordonP Guest

    I'm on the beginning level of learning how to use Photoshop Elements. PSE 2
    came with a scanner I bought and I played with it somewhat. Then I upgraded
    to PSE 4 and became more involved. Just recently, I've upgraded again to PSE
    6 and am starting to become much more serious about using PSE. I'm working
    through the information in several books and am particularly learning a lot
    from Philip Andrews book about PSE 6.

    I understannd that PSE 6 does not include a Layer Mask capability. However,
    I've downloaded and installed a Layer Mask tool. The problem I have now is
    understanding what the Layer Mask is supposed to do. I find many references
    to using the Layer Mask on the web, but nowhere do I find an overall
    explanation of the tool's purpose. Can anyone point me to a web site that
    provides an overview of Layer Mask, or provide such an overview?

    GordonP, Jan 29, 2008
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Hi Gordon,

    Layer masks allow you to do several things. One is support for overlapping,
    movable objects, as when you add people to a group portrait. Another is
    controlling an effect or adjustment. Duplicate the image to a new layer,
    perform the effect, then use transparency or a layer mask to control the
    amount and location of the effect.

    BTW - since at least PSE 2, Elements has supported layer masks indirectly -
    you can create an adjustment layer and group it with the image layer that
    needs a mask. The layer mask tool sounds interesting - perhaps you could
    provide a link to it?
    Mike Russell, Jan 30, 2008
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  3. GordonP

    GordonP Guest

    Since posting my original request for information about Layer Masks in
    Photoshop Elements, I've come across a web site that offers a lot of good
    information and step-by-step guides. It's Lots of
    helpful information there for anyone trying to learn how to use Photoshop

    GordonP, Feb 1, 2008
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