Pasting into a Layer Mask in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

To paste content (from the clipboard) into a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac)/ Alt -click (Win) the Layer mask icon on the Layers panel. This shortcut does two things – it targets the mask as well as toggles off the visibility of the mask. Then, choose Edit > Paste to paste into the mask.

Note: if you don’t want to use the shortcut, you can paste into a layer mask by clicking on the mask in the Channels panel and toggling ON the visibility.  Choosing Edit > Paste will paste into the mask, displaying the mask as a red overlay.04_22chanelVis

To hide the red overlay, click the eye icon.04_22chanelHide04_22_toggleVis

Adobe Photoshop

Posted on 04-22-2016


  • By Scott Graham - 8:47 AM on April 23, 2016  

    is there a way to put an active (adjustable) gradient into a layer mask.
    Once I did figure out how to get a gradient there (copy or? sort of forgot).

    However it wasn’t adjustable with the sliders.