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A First Look at Masks

When the goal is to place a figure on a new background, or add a decorative edge to an image, or gradually fade one layer into another, masks are ideal. People new to image editing sometimes shy away from masks, thinking that masks are too complicated. Actually, however, masks are quite simple to understand and use.

What Is a Mask?

A mask is quite similar to an adjustment layer. It seems to affect lower layers in the layer stack. But whereas an adjustment layer affects color, brightness, and contrast, a mask affects opacity.


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