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If someone wears a mask, that mask can either conceal or reveal a portion of their face. And in Photoshop a mask does the same thing, allowing or blocking a layer or an adjustment. Masks are actually pretty interesting and really quite powerful. One of the ways that I like to think of a mask in Photoshop is similar to a stencil. If you have a stencil like these here, what a stencil does is it allows you to control where you actually paint something. So in this case, like let's say with the number 7, what I can do is go ahead and draw inside of this area, and here it's revealing just this adjustment inside of this fixed space here.
I remove the stencil. It then just shows me this nice context, or this nice shape. In Photoshop, what we can do is we can create these stencil-like masks, yet we can re-edit them, and that's the beauty of working with mask in Photoshop. One of the things that you want to do is you want to get really good at masking, I mean really good, because it truly is one of the cornerstones in Photoshop. And if you can get good at masking, you can quickly get good at creating compelling photographs.
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