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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking > Making a mask from a selection

Making a mask from a selection

Photoshop lets you make different kinds of masks from selections. You can create a complex selection and save it to an alpha channel for later use. You can create a selection and save it as a layer mask to mask just one layer. You can also use a selection to create a quick mask for temporary masking tasks.

In this section, you’ll create a very simple selection and a new Fill layer. If a selection is active when you create the new Fill layer, Photoshop uses the selection as a layer mask. The selected area is filled with a solid fill color, and the unselected area is left unfilled.

1.
Select the rectangular marquee tool in the toolbox. Draw a selection encompassing the top two-thirds of the Jardin image.

2.
Select the Background in the Layers palette. The new Fill layer will be placed directly above it.

3.
Alt/Option-click the New Fill or Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Choose Solid Color from the pop-up menu.

4.
In the New Layer dialog box, name the layer Moss Green, and click OK.

5.
In the Color Picker, enter the values R=91, B=110, and G=62, and click OK.

6.
In the Layers palette, change the Moss Green layer mode to Hue. The Hue mode shows just color, not its intensity or light value.

7.
Save the file.

Selection saved as a new fill layer with the layer mask automatically generated

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