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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.


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