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Chapter 10. Creating Layer and Channel Masks > Working with Quick Mask Options

Working with Quick Mask Options

When you work in the Quick Mask Mode, the color for the mask is red, the opacity of the mask is 50 percent, and the red mask represents the masked areas of the document. Photoshop set up the Quick Mask options as a default, but they can be modified. For example, it would be very difficult to view a red mask if you were working on a primarily red image, or you might want to increase or decrease the opacity of the mask. Photoshop lets you do this through mask options.

Work With Quick Mask Options

Double-click on the Quick Mask Mode or Standard Mode buttons.

Click the Masked Areas or Selected Areas option to instruct Photoshop whether to create a mask or a selection from the color areas of the mask.

Click the Color box, and then select a color from the Color Picker.

Enter an Opacity percentage value (0 to 100).

Click OK.

IMPORTANT Quick Mask options are program, not document specific. The changes made to the Quick Mask options remain set until you change them.


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