Photoshop 1.10 [masks on adjustment layers]

“Using Masks with Adjustment Layers”


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Photoshop 1.10 [masks on adjustment layers]

  1. Follow “Photoshop 1.9 [adjustment layers]” to create an Adjustment Layer.
  2. In some cases, you may want the adjustment performed to be only for a specific area of the photograph. Luckily, Photoshop includes a mask with each Adjustment Layer created. [premium content] This mask is shown in the all white rectangle next to the graph showing the adjustment performed.
  3. Making sure your foreground color is black in the color picker, select the brush tool and then select the type of brush you wish to use.
  4. With the Adjustment Layer selected (it should be blue), begin to paint over the image. You should notice the adjustment no longer affects the underlying image in the area you have painted. You can change the opacity of the brush (down from 100% to 35% for example) to allow some of the adjustment to filter through to the original image.[premium content]
  5. If you would like to see the area you have painted, you can hit the backslash key once and the area painted will be highlighted in red.
  6. If you make a mistake and paint more than you originally wanted, you can change the brush color to white and paint back in the adjustment.
  7. As you paint, you will notice the mask rectangle will change to reflect the black & white of your mask (Shown in the red oval to the right).

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