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Understanding Layer Masks

with Ben Willmore

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  •   01 What is a Layer Mask in Photoshop

    05:39

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About The Class

everything you need to know about photoshop masks.

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

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    What is a Layer Mask in Photoshop

    A layer mask is a grey-scale picture attached to a layer – find out how it can hide and reveal elements in your image.

    05:39
  2. 02

    Painting a Mask to Reveal in Photoshop

    07:24
  3. 03

    Using Masks for Multi Layer Images with Different Exposures

    06:55
  4. 04

    Using Selection Tools with Layer Masks in Photoshop

    11:20
  5. 05

    Using Layer Mask with Adjustments In Photoshop

    14:25
  6. 06

    Weaving Layers in Photoshop

    10:44
  7. 07

    Scaling an Image in a Layer Mask in Photoshop

    26:05
  8. 08

    Layer Sets in Photoshop

    01:28

Meet Your Expert

Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame who has taught over 100,000 Adobe Photoshop® users on all seven continents. His bestselling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Ben as one of America’s favorite Adobe Photoshop® instructors, and he is often the top-selling speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for numerous digital imaging publications, including Photoshop User magazine, and his award-winning books have helped helped hundreds of thousands of design and photography professionals make the transition from blindly following step-by-step techniques to “Ah-ha! I finally GET Photoshop!” ... read more

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  • J.R. Wheatley

    J.R. Wheatley

    September 2015

    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.

  • Steve61861

    Steve61861

    April 2015

    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

    Jeff Porcaro

    June 2016

    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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