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Chapter 15. Collage > Layer Masks

Layer Masks

I consider Layer Masks to be the most powerful feature for creating collages in Photoshop. With Layer Masks, you can make any part of a layer disappear, and you can control exactly how much you'd like its edge to fade out. What you can do with Layer Masks is infinite.

Sample Use: You're waiting for your biggest client, a 20-year-old creative genius with a ring in his nose. Although this is just a planning meeting, you know from experience that The Genius will want to see some action. Armed with your fastest computer and with Photoshop at the ready, you're not fazed when the kid comes in and starts throwing around madcap ideas like they're going out of style. Blending seems to be the theme of the day. First he wants something that looks like a skyscraper growing out of a pencil. Then he changes his mind and decides he wants to fuse together a hippopotamus and a ballerina. But then he gets a funny look on his face and says, “I know! Let's put Godzilla in an Elvis suit!” Ahhh, you think, a perfect day for Layer Masks. Without batting an eyelash, you go about the business of giving 'Zilla' his new look. Six months later, you almost choke on your coffee when you find out that your Elvis-Zilla ad got an award.


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