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Understanding Layer Masks

Ben Willmore

Understanding Layer Masks

Ben Willmore

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Class Description

Layer Masks are an essential tool for anyone who works with multiple layers in Photoshop. Join Ben Willmore and go beyond the basics to get the most out of masks.

In this session, you’ll learn how to apply multiple masks to a single layer, force a mask to apply to multiple layers, move or copy masks between layers, and even paste imagery into the mask for creative treatments. You’ll explore how blending modes and various adjustments can make editing Layer Masks much easier when working on complex images like hair. Whether you’re a Photoshop beginner or a pro, the tools you learn will make your images even more jaw-dropping.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2

Class Materials

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Ben Willmore - Understanding Layer Masks - Reference Guide.pdf

Ratings and Reviews

J.R. Wheatley

The best instructor I have seen on Creative Live. Unlike so many other courses, there's no fluff here. He doesn't waste time showing you examples of his work to impress you with how good he is. He doesn't tell you stories about how crazy or funny or frustrating any of his photo shoots have been. He just gives you practical information in a perfectly understandable way. Creative Live could use more like him.


Ben is definitely one of the best Photoshop instructors on Creative Live, or anywhere else. He seems to teach more per minute than anyone, and this class is no exception. I love the little gems of useful, often priceless information that he is constantly dropping into the course. Great class, highly recommended.

Jeff Porcaro

Ben does a great job with Photoshop and is very good at explaining Layers and masking. Ben is a good instructor and keeps the course interesting.

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