Layer Masking Basics

Lesson 6 of 7

Using Gradients with Masks


Layer Masking Basics

Lesson 6 of 7

Using Gradients with Masks


Lesson Info

Using Gradients with Masks

So the thing I want to show you was using radiance for blending into anything we used this election at first, then we use our pen are paintbrush to put this in here, I just want to grady and I just want something from to fade from one thing to another that's it plain and simple, not difficult whatsoever. So if I go in here, I'll just delete this mask. I don't have to because I can actually put my grady in right over the top want to believe that you can, but grady ints air going to override everything else. I just want to go in. I just want to play a radiant so this orange just basically merges into this without having me paint around, gonna grab my great aunt tool and because we're painting on a mask, we're only painting from black to white. Ok here's, my grady in right there, black dwight so concealed to reveal right there and then I can go in on my mask and when I start with my grady int, a menace start is going to be the conceal part first, because it's going to start with black and...

then go to white so wherever I click on my mask, is going to begin with the conceal and go to the reveal. If I want to go in and I want to reverse that, I'd have to go in and I'd have to click the reverse button here so that I would start with reveal because it's always going to start from left to right. So if I'm on my layer and I want to do ingredient mask has going from concealed to reveal, I'm going to collect on the portion that I would like to conceal or like to reveal here down to conceal, so I would like to reveal the leaves and I'm on my mask because I'm not on my mask. This is what I get. I want to be on my mask and I'm gonna start with reveal so I start with a reveal up here and I dragged it down and whatever distance I drag and the direction I drag is going to cover the entire radiant. So right there, you can see it goes from reveal to conceal if I do it really short here, you can see it does it like that. So if I start up here and then I dragged down where I stop is going to be in by conceal part, I can see that, so it kind of blends everything over that continuous radiant right there if I were to put ingredient on the background here. Like this, I want to just have this fade into nothing. I could always go in here, and I could put my mask on here, and then, if I do the grady and across this it's, the same concept it's going to do it, but what is going to do is this is going to put it so just faint, everything and the continuous matter, and of course, the great part is, if you did it the wrong way, which you will, you go ahead and just do the invert, which just simply inverts the conceal on the reveal. So in that case, if I wanted to put a color behind here or something like that, I certainly could, but I don't want tio I just wanted to do this, where I kind of get that nice little, even great asian, because this is just a black and white image, I can go in here, and I can go in, and I can paint here and do any additional work so I can expose more reveal more. I realized that those leaves need to be exposed a little bit more, so just take my brush with the white right there, said the opacity high, so I'm just going toe paint with white, we're just going to reveal all those so that was later masks, selections, painting it yourself, going ahead and using radiance. Why we lock the mask with the image and why we don't lock the mask with the image being able to put in multiple things like this, screen it back, go in and use adjustment layers. And then, of course, go in and have the bacon and the orange, which, of course, or two symbols of freedom, aren't. Why dot, we're going to make them.

Class Description

Layer masks are one of Photoshop’s most essential features – in Layer Masking Basics Jason Hoppe will show you how to use them to make your images even more jaw-dropping.

Join Jason to explore the ways layer masks let you isolate and protect parts of an image as you apply color changes, filters, or layer effects to the rest of the image. You’ll learn how to turn layer masks on and off and how to edit and hide them. You’ll also learn about the advantages layer masks have over the Eraser tool and duplicate image layers. Jason will also introduce you to more sophisticated concepts like layer clipping masks.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2


  1. Intro to Masking

    Find out what layer masks are used for and how you can use masks for non-destructive editing.

  2. Refining Masks
  3. Additional Selections
  4. Controlling Attributions of Masks
  5. Painting a Layer Mask
  6. Using Gradients with Masks
  7. Layer Clipping


nancy marckus

excellent, well thought out presentation. practical and creative how-to processes. Jason has a wonderful presentation style


Excellent coverage of Layer Masks. It's a little harder to follow but totally worth the content. Clearly a more advanced and thorough introduction than some of the more basic Layer Mask courses available on this site.

Aussie David

A great short course on masks and bacon - what's not to like right there!