Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
this time we're jumping in and talking about layer masks. Layer mass are a feature that I used pretty much every single damn in Photoshop. If you use layers, you also want to definitely get good at using layer masks. A layer mask is a way to non permanently hide a portion of a layer so you can easily bring it back at any time. And therefore you can experiment with your layers without having any kind of concern for is what you're doing permanent. Where could you easily get it back? So let's jump into photo shop and start working with layer masks. I I have this image. I would like to remove the background on it, so I just have the letter P. There are many different ways I can select this. I'm gonna try to do what I think might be quickest. So I'll go to the select menu and I'm gonna tell it to just select the subject of this photograph. I didn't make a perfect selection, so I will go to an additional selection tool in this case. I'm gonna come in in use one known as the object selection ...
tool. That's a relatively new one in Photoshopped and I want to take away the area in the lower right that contains orange to take away from a selection. You can either go to your options bar up here and click on this icon, which would take away. Or you can hold down the option key. And if you do, it will temporarily turn on that icon. And I'm just going to drag around the area that I want to remove from the selection that hoping that it will do an OK job. I'm also gonna remove this center orange portions hold down again. The option key Ultima windows to take away. I will draw around that portion. It looks like I have adduced a little bit more while holding down the option key. Oops. No, I want to add that part. So I know what you have told. Shift. All right. Was thinking, uh, wrong there and I need to get rid of this little portion. So let's indicate that we don't want those areas. All right, so I think I have an okay selection here. I just needed some sort of selection to get started with. And now what I'm gonna do is convert that selection into a layer mask. In my layers panel, you'll see the layer that the images contained on and at the bottom of the layers panel. You see an icon that looks like a rectangle with a circle inside of it. That's the layer mask icon. If you have a selection active at the time you click on that, then Onley. The areas that are currently selected will remain visible in everything it wasn't selected should become hidden the moment I click on the icon, the selection that I had disappeared because it got converted into a layer mask. So now let's look in our layers panel in there. You can see that we still have the full orange background on that letter. But now attached to the layer is this. And that is our layer mask in a layer mask. Any area that is white allows the image to show up. Is it usually would. In any area that's black will hide the layer when you have a layer mask attached to a layer. Then when you grab the paint brush tool Photoshopped needs to determine should the paint appear in the layer mask and therefore control where this layer appears, Or should you just be putting paint on the image itself layer? And it tells that by looking at which one is highlighted, you see, the four corners of layer mask are currently highlighted. If I click over here, the highlighting moves click over there. Now. The mask is active, so you have to pay attention to that anytime you're working with a layer that contains layer mask. Now, if I grab my paintbrush tool and I paint with black, any area that I paint on is going to become hidden because in a layer mask, black hides things. So if I painted the moment, you'll see it goes away. If, on the other hand, I switched and I paint with white white in a layer mask shows thing. So if I paint, I can now make various visible once again. And so it's a matter of switching back and forth between black and white and painting where you need to to control where a layer is visible. So let's end up using layer mass on a bunch of projects. Toe learn when they're really useful