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Photoshop For Teens and Beginners: Understanding Layer Masks

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Photoshop For Teens and Beginners: Understanding Layer Masks

Today I will show you one of the most powerful Photoshop tool: layer masks. They can seem difficult to use to a beginner, but once you understand how they work, you won’t need the Eraser tool anymore. A layer mask in Photoshop is used to control a layer’s transparency. We all get used to using the erasers to remove parts of an image we don’t want; the magic eraser is especially fun to use. But, the erasers can only be used in certain situations. Using the eraser is a destructive process with Photoshop which means we are getting rid of the pixels in our image we are erasing. In this tutorial you are going to look at one of the most essential features in all of Photoshop – layer masks. Using layer masks is a non-destructive process because the pixels we are trying to remove are not being destroyed, as you
will see the pixels are still there even if we can’t see them and we can bring them back!

We willl cover what layer masks are in this tutorial, how layer masks work, and why you might want to use a layer mask. Some people think using layer masks is difficult but if you can tell the difference between black and white and can paint with Photoshop’s Brush Tool, you already have all the skills you need.

This video will show you:
-What is a layer mask?
-Layer mask creation
-Hiding and revealing a layer

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