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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.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome! :love:
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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!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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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!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:
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DandeiraArt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for this!!
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ATGunn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Thank you so much for the tutorials!!!
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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.
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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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AokitianWolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, okay. :D
Thanks for clearing that up! :meow:
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MachiavelliCro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Hi ! Your great work featured here :[link]
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robhas1left Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent
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Excelia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This was fun to learn. Thanks so much for taking the time to teach.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are most welcome!
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kimmig2000 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, you make THE BEST tutorials! So detailed and clear and you explain everything!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love: :blowkiss:
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perpetualdamsel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing! :D
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Roxor41 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Fantastic tutorial- well presented, simple, direct and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! glad it helps!
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Another great time-saving tip! I've been using layer masks for awhile, but I didn't know about using the fill tool in conjunction. I've never thought of filters with masks. What a great idea. Thank you again.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: you're welcome!
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viniciussouza Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yes yes yes camon
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JagularXing Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!! I always hear people talking about Layer Masking and finally know what it's all about. Seems very helpful! Thank you so much for posting this :)!! Time to go start manipulating :)
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great to hear this helps! I'd love to see anything you create with the help of this, I'm always curious!
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Voltonwarsled Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial, I had no idea that layer masks worked like that.no more pointless experiments lolthx:)
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
:clap:

Thank you!
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Etiquette-Forgotten Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you! So glad you're here.
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Xibalbiana Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Thanks once again! ;)
I used part of the tutorial for this: [link]
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meg-mucklebones Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!! =D
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PJFriel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Some really interesting ideas here!
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MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! I've never really understood layer Masks before, but your tutorial has made it all comprehensible for me now. Thank you so much!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you find it so useful :love:
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Frankief Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like this technique!
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anyahunter Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Again I am amazed and can't wait to try this out ;)
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful!
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Nefarious069 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Thanks for sharing this :iconyesyesyesplz:
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SophiaDragonMaster Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Now I finally know what a mask is! Thanks a lot for this tutorial! Now if only my suckish version of photoshop did this correctly..=3=

Anyway this was still very informative!
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hansikaa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I've been browsing your tutorial gallery and if I may say so, you have done an awesome job... Thank you so much, I look forward to learning so much from your detailed and easy to follow instructions :)
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010   General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing :bow: :iconasnowmanplz:
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Rookie-Art-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ohhh...so THAT's what a layer mask is...
people kept mentioning it in tutorials, but never really explained it. :\

THANK YOU! :D
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help :aww:
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kotonori Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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3Dave Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
An oldie but a goodie. I must admit I haven't used layer masks enough. Thanks!
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marianaber Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
This tutorial will help a lot. Thank you.
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ss-switters Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
thx for the tutorial! i've been trying to teach myself some of the functions of photoshop and layer masking has always been sort of intimidating. can't wait to try this out
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Awesome tutorial... I kinda new how to blend, but now I have an even better grasp. Thank you very much! :D
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're most welcome!
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