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Linking masks

From: Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

Video: Linking masks

One thing that's important about masks is their position and how to hold that position in certain situations. Like for instance, right now let's just say we have this red circle which has a mask for these window frames. What if I wanted to move that red circle? So I'll take my Move tool and I move it, and you notice that the shape of the mask is moving with it. What if I wanted to just blur that circle? So I'll go in there and I'll apply a little Gaussian Blur to it, and then I'll make a nice and big, and you can see how I am getting a halo around this edge, because I am blurring the Mask as well.

Linking masks

One thing that's important about masks is their position and how to hold that position in certain situations. Like for instance, right now let's just say we have this red circle which has a mask for these window frames. What if I wanted to move that red circle? So I'll take my Move tool and I move it, and you notice that the shape of the mask is moving with it. What if I wanted to just blur that circle? So I'll go in there and I'll apply a little Gaussian Blur to it, and then I'll make a nice and big, and you can see how I am getting a halo around this edge, because I am blurring the Mask as well.

That's why there is a link right here, which allows me to turn off the link between the mask and the object in the layer. So now I can take the layer itself and move it around and you see that the mask is going to remain intact. And I could also take that file and blur it if I want to, and you see that it is being blurred inside of the mask. See? So the mask is still solid, but the object is being blurred, but the mask will maintain integrity of all that things that are being masked out.

Now I could affect the mask separately. So I can go in there and select the mask and blur the mask, at which time you can see that the mask is being blurred and the image is being left alone. But in most cases what you really want to do is blur the image or adjust the image in some way but leaving the mask intact. So that's what that Link button is there for, to allow you to separate the mask from the layer so that you can affect the layer itself without affecting its affect on all the other layers beneath it.

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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

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  1. 6m 34s
    1. Welcome to the tools used to create "Times Square"
      57s
    2. What is "Times Square?"
      5m 37s
  2. 1h 32m
    1. Using a Cintiq to control the brushes in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    2. Making the chain brush
      8m 49s
    3. Making the single loop chain
      6m 55s
    4. Creating a brush to make furry text
      8m 13s
    5. Creating the look of stitching on cloth
      5m 46s
    6. Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign
      3m 3s
    7. Creating a crochet look brush
      5m 32s
    8. Creating dirt and grime
      6m 16s
    9. Using brushes to create trees in Central Park
      6m 41s
    10. Using a brush to create the look of embroidery
      3m 3s
    11. Creating the stars on the wall of the Toys"R"Us image
      6m 24s
    12. Creating a fabric design
      3m 43s
    13. Creating the look of brick
      4m 27s
    14. Weathering bricks
      8m 23s
    15. Creating light bulbs
      6m 14s
    16. Creating the effect of a fading brushstroke
      5m 36s
  3. 15m 42s
    1. Creating a paper towel
      8m 5s
    2. Creating denim
      3m 25s
    3. Creating asphalt
      4m 12s
  4. 21m 3s
    1. Layer groups
      7m 59s
    2. Making the lights in the Toys"R"Us image
      3m 12s
    3. Understanding the layers in lights
      5m 20s
    4. Creating blinds with a 3D postcard applied to layers
      4m 32s
  5. 32m 55s
    1. Creating a bottle
      8m 50s
    2. Creating an iPhone case
      3m 35s
    3. Creating the iPhone icons
      3m 34s
    4. Creating a ladder
      6m 8s
    5. Creating the effect used on the Bubba Gump sign
      5m 7s
    6. Creating realistic glasses
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 56m
    1. Creating a fabric texture
      9m 46s
    2. Creating Julianne's pants
      9m 28s
    3. Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap
      6m 16s
    4. Creating a wood texture
      8m 26s
    5. Creating concrete and marble
      3m 14s
    6. Creating a brick pattern
      7m 12s
    7. Creating ribbed metal
      5m 40s
    8. Creating ribbing on T-shirts
      11m 18s
    9. Creating a lime
      8m 29s
    10. Creating leather
      2m 33s
    11. Creating rough animal skin
      4m 0s
    12. Creating a grill on a car
      6m 4s
    13. Creating a car light
      6m 2s
    14. Creating the windshield
      10m 39s
    15. Creating a metal screen
      4m 14s
    16. Creating a quilted metal effect
      3m 18s
    17. Creating wafer quilting
      4m 41s
    18. Creating a pattern on the wall
      5m 16s
  7. 6m 57s
    1. Making the clipping group used on the manga billboard
      6m 57s
  8. 10m 36s
    1. Applying a layer mask to create a reflection
      3m 53s
    2. Linking masks
      1m 35s
    3. Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace
      5m 8s
  9. 52m 35s
    1. Explaining channels
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a license plate with channels
      6m 47s
    3. Creating shadows on the cables
      5m 50s
    4. Explaining channel calculations
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding calculations in channels
      4m 32s
    6. Creating a manhole cover with channels
      15m 31s
    7. Creating wiring on lights with channels and calculations
      12m 9s
  10. 29s
    1. Parting words
      29s

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