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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It can be tricky using masks in Photoshop.
I've tried many ways with many masks.
I always have to get rid of the black part
which can be very time consuming and tricky.
So I've decided to make masks
that will work easily in PS.
I save my masks as psd
and jpeg for those who don't use PS.
When using my masks
you'll find three layers:
my credits
the mask
When you open one of my masks,
go ahead and hide the credit layer right away.
The background layer is only there so you can see the mask clearly.
You can hide that layer if you want.
The mask layer is the only one you'll be playing with.
It's easy. LOL!

Here we go!
Open your mask.
Move only the mask layer of my masks onto your canvas.
Place it on top of your paper/photo.
Make sure your mask layer is highlighted.
While holding down the CTRL button on your keyboard,
Click the mask icon on your mask layer.
You should have little marching ants around your mask now.
Highlight your paper/photo layer.
Now look down at the bottom of your layer palette.
You'll see a little mask button.
(It's a square with a circle in it.)
Click that mask button.
Now hide your original mask layer.
Viola! You have a new mask!
These next steps are optional
but they do help in building the rest of your taggie.
With the new mask layer highlighted:
Right click in the layer palette.
Click on Convert to Smart Object.
Right click again.
Click on Rasterize layer.
You can now delete the original mask layer.
I hope you found this helpful.
Have fun playing!

Thanks to Jackie's Jewels
I now know how to use a PSP jpeg mask in Photoshop.
With her permission,
I am sharing this with you.

Follow the above steps
When you highlight your mask,
Go to Channels in the top of your Layer Palette.
Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click RGB.
Go back to Layers.
Highlight your paper layer.
Hide your mask layer.
Now click the mask button (the square with a circle in it)
at the bottom of the Layer Palette.
There you have it!
Thank you, Jackie, for sharing this with us.

You can find Jackie's fabulous creations
over at her blog:
Jackie's Jewels

Hope you find this helpful.
I know I did.
Thanks again, Jackie!


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