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Part II: Layers and Masks Exposed > MASKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Chapter 5. MASKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Ask two New Yorkers how to get to JFK Airport and you'll probably get four different answers. For a first-time tourist, this same system with its many options can quickly become confusing and overwhelming. Likewise, working with Photoshop masks for the first time may feel like the deepest, darkest subway system you could find—especially when all you want to do is get back to your hotel room—I mean, create an image. One reason for the confusion is that just as you can get to the airport via many different routes, you can also achieve a particular result in Photoshop many different ways.

This chapter is your guide to the various types of Photoshop masks. It will help you understand the different approaches you can take to Photoshop masking by addressing the following:


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