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In this movie, I'll show you how to create a subgroup, which is pretty easy stuff, and just FYI, you can create subgroups inside subgroups up to ten groups deep. And then I'll show you how you can assign a layer mask to an entire group at a time. And the idea here is that, I think these eye bags, over here on the left hand side, should fade out a little bit. They're too crisp right now. In order to to create this final effect here. So here's how that works. We'll go ahead and switch over to my document of progress, and then I'll twirl open the eyes group up here at the top of the stack.
And I'll scroll down until I find bags one through three. So I'll go ahead and click on bag three and Shift+Click on bag one to select that entire range of layers. Now I could mask each of them independently by the way by clicking on a layer and then clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon. Right now it's dimmed, and that's because over the course of things here I've managed to lock these three layers. If I go ahead and select them all and then turn off the lock. Then of course I can assign layer masks to each one of them, but I can only assign that mask one layer at a time or I can go ahead and group these guys together which is what I want to do.
And I'll do so just by pressing Ctrl+G or Cmd+G on the Mac and notice that creates a nested group that's inside the larger eyes group. And I'll go ahead and rename this guy Eye Bags, like so. And then I'll assign a layer mask by clicking on the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the panel. So you can assign layer masks to entire groups if you so desire. Now I'm going to twirl open this group because I want selective control over each one of the eye bags here including the drop shadows and everything.
So in order to fade away this bottom most eye bag, which is bag one by the way, and you can see that if you turn off that eye ball and then turn it back on. I will go ahead and load the selection outline associated with bag two by pressing the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac and clicking on its thumbnail. And that goes ahead and selects this region. I want to protect this area, so I want to deselect it and select everything outside of it. Which means going to the Select menu > Inverse command, or pressing Ctrl+Shift+I, or Cmd+Shift+I on a Mac.
Now I'll switch to the brush tool, which of course you can get by pressing the B key, and I'll right click inside the image window. And notice that I have the size cranked up to 400 pixels. And, I'll have the hardness cranked down to 0%, so we have a very soft brush. You'll also want to press the D key followed by the X key, in order to ensure that the foreground color is black, so that we're going to paint this eye bag. Then I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac to hide my selection. Just so I can better see what I'm doing. And I'll go ahead and paint like so.
And if that turns out to be too much, which I think in my case it is, then I'll reduce the size of my cursor by pressing the Left Bracket key a few times. Then I'll press the X key to switch my foreground color back to white. And I'll go ahead and paint in some detail like so. And of'course you can paint back and forth to whatever extent you like, I just press the X key to make my foreground color black. And then I'll paint away a little more of this particular eye bag. All right, now let's say you want to paint inside the second one right there, then press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac and click on bag two, in order to load it as the selection.
And then we want to protect the third bag, the front one. And you do so by pressing the Ctrl+Alt keys. Or the Cmd+Option keys on a Mac. And clicking on the bag three thumbnail here inside the layers panel. And then just this region right here is selected. Now press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac in order to hide this selection. And, I'll paint away some of that eye bag like so. And then finally, I'll go ahead and load the bag three selection, by just Ctrl clicking, or Cmd clicking on its thumbnail right there, and I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac, to hide the selection outline.
And I'll paint like so. All right, now we have a little bit of a harsh edge right there at that location. So, I'm going to press Ctrl+D, or Cmd+D on the Mac, in order to deselect the image. Then I'll increase the size of my cursor by pressing the right bracket key a few times. And finally, I want to reduce the opacity value up here in the options bar by pressing the five key, to take it down to 50%, as you see here. And then I'll just go ahead and paint like so over the right edge of those bags.
Then I'll press the X key in order to switch my foreground color back to white. And I'll go ahead and paint back in some of the eye bags in order to achieve this effect here. And notice by the way, throughout this experience, we've been masking both the layers and their effects. So if I were to double click in an empty portion of this group. In order to bring up the layer style dialog box, normally had we gone about masking each one of these layers independently I would of had to have turn on Layer Mask Hides Effects, In order to mask the effects as well.
But because we're operating on an entire group, we don't need to turn on this check box at all. Either way, we get the exact same effect. So I'll just go ahead and cancel out. In any case, that's all there is to it. We've now managed to very selectively, mask a nested subgroup of layers, including their effects here inside Photoshop.
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