January 26, 2016
Not only are Layer Groups great for organizing your layers, they can also be used to mask the contents of multiple layers at one time. With the Layer Group targeted in the Layers panel, click the Add Layer Mask icon from the bottom of the Layers panel. Paint in the mask to control the visibility of all layers within the Layer Group.
This shortcut also works with vector masks (and a combination of both vector and raster) as shown below.
October 30, 2015
To view a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel. Tapping the “\”(backslash) toggles the display of a layer mask on and off (as a red rubylith overlay). Looking at the Channels panel, you can see that this shortcut toggles the channels visibility.
October 29, 2015
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “\” (backslash) targets the layer mask in the Layers panel. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 2 targets the layer.
October 28, 2015
Drag a layer mask or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.
Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) a layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to create a copy of the mask.
Option + Shift -drag (Mac) | Alt + Shift -drag (Win) to create copy of a layer mask while simultaneously inverting the mask. (Note: this shortcut does not work with a vector mask – in order to invert a vector mask, select the path with the Direct Selection tool and click the “Subtract From Shapes Area” icon in the Options bar.)
October 27, 2015
To delete a mask, target it on the Properties panel and click the Trash icon at the bottom of the panel.
If you prefer to use the layers panel, target the mask and click the Trash icon, or drag the mask thumbnail to the Trash icon at the bottom of Layers panel. If you prefer to bypass the option dialog box, add Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) while clicking the trash icon will delete the mask without applying it.
Most of the time, I prefer to Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on the layer mask and choose delete or apply the mask from the context sensitive menu.
October 26, 2015
To add a mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon in the Layers panel. Click once to add a layer mask and click again to add a vector mask (or you can Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the mask icon to add a vector mask).
To add a layer mask that automatically hides the content of the layer (or the selection), as opposed to revealing it as it does by default, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the icon.
Use Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) to invert a layer mask, or click the Invert button on the Properties panel!
September 8, 2015
Learn how to swap heads in a family portrait in my free video (Swapping Heads in a Family Portrait in Photoshop) from Lynda.com.
September 4, 2015
See how easy it is to use blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect in Photoshop in my free video (Using Blend Modes to Emulate an Image Transfer Effect in Photoshop) from Lynda.com
September 3, 2015
Discover how to Select Soft Edge Objects using the Refine Edge feature in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com.
September 1, 2015
Discover how to “Quickly Blend Two Images Together Using Layer Masks in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com
June 25, 2015
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne reveals her Lightroom to Photoshop workflow used to create the still life “Cyclical”.
June 12, 2015
In this Episode of the Complete Picture I demonstrate some basic compositing techniques in Photoshop, used to illustrate the feeling and mood of Iceland. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how easy it is to combine multiple images together using Layers, masking, blend modes, and transparency in Photoshop.
May 8, 2015
In this Quick Tip, Julieanne reveals a technique to create a mask using the reflected gradient which can quickly be repositioned over time without retouching.
March 19, 2015
Learn how easy it is to mask a video clip in Photoshop – to selectively reveal motion over time.
January 28, 2015
Because so many people ask me how I come up with the ideas for my digital illustrations, I put together a short slideshow to demonstrate how I layer different elements together.
The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Isostacy” was created.
The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Twilight” was created.
For more complete training on how I use Photoshop to create these composites, you can watch either of my two training series on Lynda.com:
Introduction to Compositing
The Art of Photoshop Compositing