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Hour 12. Using Masks > Editing Layer Masks

Editing Layer Masks

If you click the Layer Mask thumbnail in the Layers palette to make it active, you will see the mask icon appear in the small square to the left of the layer thumbnail. This indicates that the mask is active. Option+click (Mac) or Alt+click (Windows) on the thumbnail of the mask to place the mask on the work area. Select a Painting tool and paint the mask with black to add to it. Paint with white to subtract from the mask, or paint with gray to make the layer partially visible, and the mask thumbnail displays your changes. Figure 12.9 shows a mask being edited. I switched the view to the larger thumbnail to make it a little easier to see what I was doing. Just as a reminder, you can do this in the Layer palette options dialog box, which is reached from the Layers Palette pull-out menu.

Figure 12.9. I've painted white over part of the black mask to add some symbols and lettering.



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