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 Post subject: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:49 pm  (#1) 
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Very basic tutorial for layer masks (Beginners level)

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I have a red barn with a landscape surrounding it. I want to turn the background into black and white and keep the color of the red barn.

This is one of the several ways to make this happen.

- Open your image

- duplicate layer with :dupe seen at the bottom of the layer dialog

- On the duplicated layer, click colors > desaturate > luminosity ( this will turn the image to black and white

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- On the duplicated layer. right click and a menu will come up, apply layer mask.

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When mask dialog comes up, select white - full opacity

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Set black as your foreground color. (If you want a more muted color of red, experiment using gray tones to paint in your colors.

- Left click on your layer mask to make it active.

- Using a large fuzzy brush and painting on the layer mask, start brushing your colors back into the barn.

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Please post here if you have any questions...Enjoy

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:55 pm  (#2) 
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Wow Molly. Nice tutorial. Simple with great results.

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:04 pm  (#3) 
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Nicely done. And an excellent choice for an example photo.

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
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wow thanx Saul

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:10 pm  (#5) 
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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:42 pm  (#6) 
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Good job, Molly! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:56 pm  (#7) 
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nice tut! Layer mask is a great way to "erase" through a layer as it allows you to fix up mistakes by switching brush colors from black (make transparent) to white (replace opaqueness) and back again.


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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:58 pm  (#8) 
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Very concisely explained masking tutorial, Molly.

You gotta love nondestructive editing. :cool

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:46 am  (#9) 
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>Thinks about when he first tried this effect using eraser tool
>Shivers at thought of constantly undoing going over the lines
>Falls in love with Layer Mask all over again

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 Post subject: Re: Very Basic Tutorial For Layer Masks
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:34 am  (#10) 
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Nice tutorial Molly!
I can not see myself using any graphics program without masks.
You just have to have them.In my opinion they are a required piece of any graphics ware.


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