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Chapter 15. Collage > Switching Between the Layer Mask and the Image

Switching Between the Layer Mask and the Image

To quickly switch between editing the Layer Mask and editing the main image, use the following keyboard commands: Command-~ (Mac) or Ctrl-~ (Windows) to work on the image, or Command-\(Mac) or Ctrl-\ (Windows) to work on the Layer Mask.

When a selection is present, you can Option-click (Mac) or Alt-click (Windows) the Layer Mask icon in the Layers palette to add a Layer Mask and hide the selected areas. If no selection is present, Option-click (Mac) or Alt-click (Windows) the icon to hide the entire image.


Now that you have two thumbnails attached to a layer, you have to be able to determine if you are working on the Layer Mask or the main image. If you look at the Layer Mask thumbnail right after you've created one, you'll notice a frame around the corners of the mask (Figures 15.36 and 15.37). That frame indicates what you're working on. If you want to work on the main image instead of the Layer Mask, click the image thumbnail in the Layers palette. The frame will appear around the image thumbnail, indicating that you are editing the main image instead of the Layer Mask. To work on the Layer Mask again, just click its thumbnail and the outline will move.


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