Adobe Photoshop CS6 (MAC): Masking (Basics)

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In this part, I am going to use Masking to transform a photograph and add some effects. This will give you an idea what you can do with Masks.

Duplicate Mask

The first step is to duplicate the image into a separate layer. Right Click on the image layer and click Duplicate Layer (Command + J).

Name Layer

Now, a box will show up in which you can name your layer. Let’s call it ‘Dog Copy’, that’s easy to remember. Once you’ve filled it in, click OK to create the layer.


The next step is to adjust the saturation of the new layer. We do this by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Command + U).

Hue/Saturation Menu

In the next box, move the slider named Saturation all the way to the left (-100) to turn the image into black and white. Click OK to confirm.

Add Mask

We now need to add…

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