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Lesson 6. Masks and Channels > Saving a selection as a mask

Saving a selection as a mask

Quick masks are temporary. They disappear as soon as you deselect. However, you can save a selection as an alpha-channel mask so that your time-consuming work won’t be lost and you can reuse the selection in this or a later work session. You can even use alpha channels in other Photoshop image files.

When you save a selection as a mask, a new alpha channel is created in the Channels palette. (An image can contain up to 56 channels, including all color and alpha channels.)


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