Masks are a very powerful tool for producing complex looking effects in a relatively short length of time. Using masking layers can seem like a daunting prospect, it can be a complicated and may even seem to be an unnecessary task. However it’s simply the quickest non-destructive way to edit layer based content. In the following tutorials you’ll be given a sound introduction into working with masks. The first task introduces you to painting onto a mask to reveal the layer underneath.
- Open the file “Sc3.psd” from the ‘Working with Masks’ folder.
- Create a New Layer in the Layers Palette by clicking on the New Layers Icon. Name this layer ‘Colour Fill’.
- Double click on the Colour Picker and create this colour in the RGB dialogue box:
- R: 9, G: 239, B: 9
- With the 'Colour Fill' layer selected Go > Edit > Fill
- When the fill dialog appears click OK
The steps below can also be done while this dialog is open
- Set the Blending Mode of the ‘Colour Fill’ layer to “Hard Light”.
- Set the Layer Opacity to 40%
- Click the “Add Layer Mask” icon in the Layers Palette.
- Set the colour picker to the standard black/white colours with Black as the foreground colour (on top of the white).
- Select the Brush tool with a pixel radius of about 44 pixels and click on the air brush option or select a soft brush from the brush dropdown menu.