Video Tutorial: Layer Masks Part 1

Today’s tutorial is an intro to layer masks. This is the MOST IMPORTANT SKILL to improving your editing in photoshop. It will allow you to effect smaller portions of your photo while you edit. You no longer have to edit globally. This gibes you the control over your photos.

The most important parts of this are:

– White reveals

– Black Conceals

– Use a soft edge air brush (change the hardness if needed)

– Make sure your layer mask is selected

– Change the opacity of the brush as needed for smoother blending

– Shortcuts used “[ or ]” – the left bracket makes brush smaller and right bracket makes the brush bigger

– D puts default colors as swatches (white forground/black background) – X swaps these two.

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18 Comments

  1. April 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    Fabulous! Now I know what I’ve been doing wrong. Thank you so much for putting this tutorial up!

  2. April 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    I’m not sure my comment went through so forgive me if this is a duplicate. That tutorial was fantastic! It really helped me understand something I’ve been doing wrong. Thanks so much for putting this out there. Now I’m off to play!

  3. April 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm — Reply

    great tut! thanx so much

  4. April 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    Thank you for explaining layer masks in a simple, easy to understand lesson. This is something I’ve been trying to figure out and you’ve made it clear.
    I appreciate the time and effort you put into this and thank you for sharing with us.

  5. gina
    April 9, 2008 at 3:10 am — Reply

    jodi, thank you SO much… i learned so much… i appreciate your effort to help us w/ photoshop…

  6. Christa
    April 9, 2008 at 6:45 am — Reply

    thank you for this tutorial! Just what I have been looking for!! 🙂

  7. Jenn B
    April 10, 2008 at 11:00 am — Reply

    Jodi, this was an awesome refresher to what you showed me this morning during PS training! Thank you so much. You are a great instructor! I’m looking forward to learning more from you next week!!! 🙂

  8. Missy
    May 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    So great! Loved this tutorial! Thanks so much!

  9. brock
    May 21, 2008 at 3:34 am — Reply

    Thanks so much….this was explained well.

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  11. July 1, 2009 at 12:22 am — Reply

    Sweet. thanks for this great tutorial.

  12. July 1, 2009 at 12:44 am — Reply

    great tutorial i

  13. July 1, 2009 at 12:53 am — Reply

    Interesting effect. Great work!

  14. coelz
    July 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm — Reply

    how to download this excellent layer masking tuts?

  15. July 11, 2009 at 11:26 am — Reply

    It cannot be downloaded – just bookmark it and come back here and watch it any time.

  16. Lori
    September 26, 2009 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    Oh, that was really helpful about masks. Great tutorial – you make it sounds so simple and easy to understand! Thank you again.

  17. Monika
    October 31, 2009 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    Wah!! I really like the way you explained things! Really enjoyed it! =)

  18. Angel
    December 29, 2012 at 9:01 am — Reply

    For the longest I have been trying to understand how to use layers and now I do! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

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Video Tutorial: Layer Masks Part 1