Making holes in layer mask?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Tegger, May 27, 2010.

  1. Tegger

    Tegger Guest

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    I've got CS2 (and a PC), and am following a tutorial in Issue 59 of
    Photoshop Creative magazine. I'm sort-of familiar with Photoshop's basics,
    and this one should be as basic as it comes, but I can't figure out what
    I'm doing wrong.

    The subject file is a JPEG image. The image layer was double-clicked and
    turned into a layer from its original Background state.

    The tutorial tells you to use the Pen tool to make a Path around the part
    of the image you want to keep. Then right-click, and choose "Make a
    Selection" from the drop-down menu. Then click the Add Layer Mask button at
    the bottom of the Layers palette. So far, so good: The image disappears
    except for the bit inside the Mask, exactly the desired result.

    But here's where the problem comes in: Now I want to add holes that are
    internal to the Mask. Specifically, the image is a truck, and the space
    between the side mirror and the windshield needs to be empty, so that a new
    background will be visible through there.

    The tutorial has you selecting the Mask thumbnail in the Layers palette,
    and then using the Pen tool to pick out the hole you want, directly on the
    image. Once your hole is defined, you then right-click, and "Make a
    Selection" again. Then you hit the backspace key to make the hole visible.

    Everything is fine right up to the Backspace key part. I never get the new
    hole to show up.

    What am I doing wrong?
    Tegger, May 27, 2010
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  2. Tegger

    Tegger Guest

    The magazine bills the tutorial as working with PS6 and up.

    I found my mistake. Or maybe it's not a mistake, but some setting I've
    changed inadvertently. I can get the holes to show up if, after hitting
    Backspace, I also hit Ctrl+I to invert. And lo, the hole reveals itself.

    Tegger, May 28, 2010
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