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Chapter 16. Collage > Layer Masks

Layer Masks

By adding a Layer Mask to a layer, you can control exactly where that layer is transparent and where it's opaque. You'll find that Layer Masks are used to create most high-end images—this feature really separates the beginners from the pros. But there's no reason why you can't be as adept at Layer Masks as the most seasoned veteran. It just takes a little time and sweat.

When you click the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette, the new layer will appear above the layer that was active at the time you clicked that icon. You can Command-click (Mac) or Ctrl-click (Windows) on the New Layer icon to create an empty layer below the active one.



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