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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. And 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, and 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 seven, 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. And 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 masks in Photoshop. And 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 of Photoshop, and if you can get good at masking, you can quickly get good at creating compelling photographs.
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