Friday, September 20, 2013

Photoshop Layer Mask Video

In the past year or so I realized that I use layer masks in Photoshop a lot. I thought I'd do a video tutorial on how and why I use it since for years I had no clue what it was and avoided using it.

I hope it's helpful!

How I use Photoshop Layer Masks from Tracy Bishop on Vimeo.

P.S. After looking at the video I realized that I should have said this approach of separating out a character from the background is for those people who paint using transparent brushes like I do.  If you painted with flat opaque colors, then you can just move your layer around with no extra special preparation.

In my case, I paint using very transparent brushes. If I didn't use the mask with the white background, then the background will just show through the entire character.

1 comment:

  1. This is sooooo helpful. So many, like me, have been more of being the direct artists using the real media. Some of us have been in art schools in the fine arts. We find that you can't survive being a fine artist. You gotta cross over to the commercial art area. Illustration is more fun anyway.
    Anything with beginning Photoshop will be appreciative. There are lots of us who have the fear of using Photoshop because it is complex with the layering or just drawing it and retrieving the drawing. Thanks for sharing the tip.