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Chapter 10. Creating Layer and Channel M... > Using Selections to Generate Complex...

Using Selections to Generate Complex Layer Masks

Layer masks are easy to create, you select a layer and then click the Add Layer Mask button. Unfortunately, when you create a mask this way, it's up to you to define the transparent areas, using drawing or painting tools. There is another way to generate a mask, and that's through selection. When you click the Add Layer Mask button, Photoshop searches the document for any selected areas. If it doesn't find any, it creates a blank (all white) mask. However, if you first select an area or areas of the image, Photoshop interprets the selection as the area you want to remain visible.

Use Selections to Generate Masks

Open a document.

Select the areas of the image you want to preserve.

Click the Add Layer Mask button.

Photoshop generates a layer mask based entirely on your selection.


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