multiple layer masks?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by jrzyguy, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. jrzyguy

    jrzyguy Guest

    Ok...so i am a big fan of layer masks.....but today i came across a
    problem...i wanted to have "multiple fades". thats the only way i can
    describe it. Basicaly...i want all edges to fade out...except for the top
    of the layer. I finaly found a work around by having one layer mask..then
    merging down to a tranparant layer...then applying another layer mask. I
    just found myself scratching my head (as well as other parts) thinking that
    wouldnt it just be soooo much easier to have multiple layer masks.

    Oh..using PS7

    thanks in advance

    jj
     
    jrzyguy, Sep 3, 2004
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    edjh Guest

    How are you making these fades? You should be able to do complex fades
    and such in a single LM. You know you can use selection tools and
    painting tools in a mask just as on a layer, right?
     
    edjh, Sep 3, 2004
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    jrzyguy Guest

    yeah....i pretty much know that edjh.

    I am usualy applying a gradient after choosing an layer mask. I have
    gotten pretty good at creating custom gradients to achieve the effects i
    need...and that is probably what i will do tomorrow when i have to finish up
    this one slide of a project. I just was wondering if there was a quick way
    to do this in 7.

    THe problem i have with with applying a gradiant in a layer mask...is that i
    find that i only have radial, linar...etc....i need a three sided gradiant
    to achieve what i want to EASILY. It aint too much work to do what i have
    been doing...just wondering if there was an easier way.

    I'll mess around here at home tonight..and again at work tomorrow....i just
    havent had to do exactly what i am trying to do before. UGH...i feel
    STOOPIT!!!!
     
    jrzyguy, Sep 3, 2004
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  4. Ok...so i am a big fan of layer masks.....but today i came across a
    The way to get multiple fades on a layer mask when using the gradient tool
    is to select the "Foreground to Transparency" option in the tool bar rather
    than "Foreground to Background". A simple tip but one worth remembering.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoff Jackson, Sep 3, 2004
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    jrzyguy Guest

    Ahhhhhh! gotcha Geoff! Thanks...i knew there must be some simple step i
    was missing.

    jj
     
    jrzyguy, Sep 3, 2004
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    jrzyguy Guest

    I have found that changing the mode from normal to multiply works wonders.
    Lotsa flexibility.....anyone else have better suggestions?
     
    jrzyguy, Sep 4, 2004
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