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Photoshop in Focus

To get a feel for the difference between vector and raster layer masks, try this:

1.
Open an image, any image. If the image is flattened, convert the background layer to a regular layer by renaming it.

2.
Select the Custom Shape tool and pick a shape from the Custom Shape palette.

3.
In the Options Bar, click the Make Work Path button. (It's the second of three buttons at the left end of the Options Bar.)

4.
Drag the shape, creating a path that covers most of the image.

5.
Choose the Layer, Add Vector Mask, Current Path menu command.

6.
At the bottom of the Layers palette, click the Add Layer Mask button (again, second from left). The layer mask icon will appear in the Layers palette between the layer thumbnail and the vector mask thumbnail. Do not deselect the layer mask thumbnail.

7.
Select a gradient tool and set the gradient to black-to-white in the Options Bar.

8.
Drag a gradient within your vector mask.

9.
In the Layers palette, Shift-click on the mask thumbnails to hide one, then the other, and then both.

10.
Use the Direct Selection tool to drag anchor points of the vector mask.


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