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Layer Masks Part 2 – Photoshop Elements

As promised, here is the second part of the video tutorial on layer masks.

Photoshop Elements does not include the layer mask functionality, in its native form at least. However, it does include adjustment layers, and these little beauties have their own layer masks. In this video I show you a rather clever trick whereby you can hijack this mask and use it as you would a normal layer mask.

Best of all … it’s really easy to use.

If you are not already used to the concept of layer masks then please ensure you view the video tutorial prior to this one as that will give you the grounding you need to make sense of the one shown here.

🙂

Simon
http://darksideofthelens.com

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10 Responses to “Layer Masks Part 2 – Photoshop Elements”

  1. PlugIM.com Says:

    Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements…

    Photoshop Elements does not include the layer mask functionality, in its native form at least. However, it does include adjustment layers, and these little beauties have their own layer masks. In this video I show you a rather clever trick whereby you …

  2. Sara B Says:

    Hey- thank you so much for taking the time to do this! I got my degree in film but used mostly actual film, so don’t have much experience with digital. Especially considering that things have changed in the 6 or so years since I’ve gotten my degree. I am currently a social worker and doing some marketing projects with the non-profit for which I work. This will help us tremendously not to mention is really seriously cool. Thanks!

  3. Sara B Says:

    Oh- and your son is absolutely beautiful! 🙂 Congratulations to you and your family!

  4. Natator Says:

    Hiya Sara

    Thanks for the comments, I am REALLY glad these are helping you.

    I hope to do a heap more in the coming weeks, it is just taking lomger to settle down with the new baby than I had anticipated.

    And yes … I do think he is rather beautiful 🙂

    Me

  5. Lesley & Steve Says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this! My Dad and I were trying to figure out a work around for using layer masks and we were SO excited to find this! It was most helpful and we can do it now! Thanks for letting us download the pictures to practice on to make sure we were doing it correctly.

    Thanks!

    All the best,

    Lesley & Steve

  6. Natator Says:

    Hi Lesley & Steve

    Really glad you are finding the tutorials helpful.

    I have come across some other ways to do the layer mask thing (thanks Corrine) but as I am so far behind on the tutorials I have planned (thanks to new baby) I’ll do some of the other tutorials first before I give alternate methods to anything I am showing (as there are alternatives to most methods in PS).

    🙂

    Simon
    http://darksideofthelens.com

  7. Angus Says:

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks a million – very useful. I am quickly trying to pick up various things in conjuction with video editing software so i can knock out wires unwanted objects etc in video frames, and maybe move onto colour etc.Would love to know what other work-arounds you think are really useful on features that are in CS3 but not Elements.And happy xmas to you baby Robert et all. Angus

  8. Vaudry Says:

    Hello Simon,
    I am really happy to have found your site. I have been looking for video help and have not found any as good as yours! Your style of presentation is clear,easy to follow, and allows me to watch the downloads repeatedly on my computer. Your style of speaking is most enjoyed; you sound well-prepared, not glib or sounding like you’re speaking to very slow children.Your voice is very pleasant.I especially like your demos of various ways to do the same things and how to avoid or fix problems.Thank you!

  9. Natator Says:

    Thanks for that great feedback Vaudry 🙂

    I had no idea what style to attempt so I was just, well, myself 🙂

    I am glad I seem to have found the right balance so that it is clear and simple, but without sounding patronising (which I certainly never intend).

    Thanks 🙂

    Simon

  10. Natator Says:

    Oops, sory Angus, missed your comment.

    Thanks for that. I’ll make sure I include any other work arounds for Elements if I think of any as I go for you.

    🙂

    Simon

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