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Old Jan 23, 2006, 12:17 PM   #1
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Does Photoshop Elements have Layer mask?

I seen a tip on how to do something with layer mask and can't find it in elements am I over looking it?

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Old Jan 24, 2006, 7:34 AM   #2
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Any way to do this in elements?

http://www.invano.com/tutorials/phot...focalrange.php
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Old Jan 24, 2006, 10:32 AM   #3
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Hi Ronnie.

Layer masks are not available to you directly in Elements, but there is a way round it.

My example is when using Gaussian blur, but applies to any filters you use.

Open your image then click on 'Create Adjustment Layer' in the layers palette. That's the circle half filled with black and white. When the menu appears select Levels and then when the dialogue box opens just click OK.

Now drag your Background Layer onto the 'Create a New Layer' icon, it should be next to or near the 'Create Adjustment layer' icon.

So now you have, from the top, the Layer thumbnail linked with the layer mask thumbnail, next is the Background Copy and at the bottom is the Background. Drag the Layer thumbnail and mask to the middle. So now you have from the top Background copy, layer thumbnail & mask and at the bottom the Background.

Now press and hold the Alt key and move the cursor to the middle of the top two layers until it turns into two overlapping circles, Now click once with your mouse and the top two layers have been linked for the purposes of masking.

With the top layer selected choose the filter you wish to apply, any of them.

Eg. Blur/ Gaussian Blur and slide it right up so it is really blurry. Now click on the layer thumbnail/mask to make it active. Choose a suitable Paintbrush from the brush Tool section, make sure the foreground/background colours are the default by pressing D on the keyboard if white shows as the foreground colour then press X to change it to black.

Zoom in close and with your brush, just 'paint' over the parts of the image you don't want to have the filter effect applied to. If you make a mistake just press X to switch to white to reapply the effect, remembering to switch back to Black.

Painting with Black reveals what is underneath the filter effect and with white, puts it back.

Once you have finished with that layer you will need to flatten it to be able to use the method for another 'mask', so make sure you have finished with it.

See how you get on and let me know if it's any good to you.


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Old Jan 26, 2006, 3:30 AM   #4
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hi rp try this http://porg.4t.com/Masks.htmlyou will learn a lot.

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 7:34 AM   #5
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Stevekn Thank YOu

This works great.
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Old Jan 27, 2006, 8:47 AM   #6
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You can do the same thing as the tutorial you linked with the eraser tool. Erasing does the same thing as painting black with the layer mask. You don't have the color to tell you where you have removed the top layer, but I don't usually find that a problem. I have the full Photoshop and still use the eraser often instead of the layer mask for simple jobs like resharpening eyes, eyelashes and lips after a beauty dose of noise reduction.
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