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ManipT+T Layer Masks Explained by kuschelirmel-stock ManipT+T Layer Masks Explained by kuschelirmel-stock
Uploading older tutorials for migration of #photoshop-tutorials' gallery to the new groups system - I didn't remember I had this many uploaded just over there ^^;

First uploaded: April 24, 2005

This is also one of my earliest tutorials and it's still one of my favourites. It explains the much-dreaded and often overlooked Layer Masks feature in Photoshop. No photomanipulator should go wihout this :nod:

IMPORTANT: This tutorial was written for Photoshop 7 and therefore, some expressions may be slightly different from what Adobe uses in the newer CS versions. It shouldn't be a problem though.

:bulletblue: If you use this I'd love to see (and fave)!

Stock from !KahnInteractive, ~Eden-stock, ~dreamstock, ~i-stock, ~body-stock

:bulletpurple: For more kuschelirmel tutorials go here [link]
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3feathers Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Excellent tutorial. Thank you! It's always great to go back and review some of the basics.
kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome! :love:
SecretLineage Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clear and excellent tutorial! I'll be sure to link you when I use this next. And it will definitely make blending my backgrounds SO much easier!
kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
midnightwillow11195 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Been going through your tutorials and I have to say, AMAZING! Both your tutorials AND your art! You have earned yourself a new watcher!
kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dandeira Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional
Thank you for this!!
ATGunn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Thank you so much for the tutorials!!!
AokitianWolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
My only problem is that CS3 has "Clipping masks", not layer masks. Plus, there's a arrow pointing down when I make a layer a clipping mask instead of the chain.
Are they pretty much the same thing?

Sorry for the really stupid question.
kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it has both - what you found was a clipping mask which uses the layer underneath to determine the visible pixels. You need to click on the layer mask symbol underneath the layers palette to get a layer mask as described above. the tutorial was written for PS7 quite some years ago, anything that version had is in the later ones too.
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