Layer Masks Tips in Photoshop

Layer Masks in Photoshop

I guess most of us have used Layer Masks in Photoshop before so I won’t be explaining how to add them and what they do.

What I want to focus on today is some tips and techniques when using Layer Masks in Photoshop.

Here they are:

  • To view just the layer mask – Alt+click layer mask icon
  • To disable/enable layer mask – Shift+click layer mask icon
  • To unlink layer mask from the layer – click the chain icon between layer thumbnail and layer mask thumbnail
  • Create layer mask from transparent content – use Layer > Layer Mask > From Transparency
  • Change density of a layer mask non-destructively – in Properties panel use Density slider
  • To soften the edges of your layer mask – in Properties panel use Feather slider


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