Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Hiding content with a layer mask, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 2 Editing & Retouching Photos.
There may be times when you want to replace part of the content in a photo with…content from another photo.…For example, here I have two photos on two layers in this file.…On the top layer is this photo of the porch.…I like it, but I think that the sky is rather bland.…So, I'm going to turn the porch layer off temporarily by clicking its Eye icon…in the Layers Panel, so you can see that on the layer below it's a photo of a…more interesting sky.…I'd like to use this sky to replace the sky in the porch image.…I'll turn the porch image back on.…
So how might you do that?…Well, your first reaction might be to just select the sky in the porch photo and…delete that area, so that we can see down through the transparent pixels that…remain to the sky layer below.…But I would urge you to do it another way.…Instead of selecting and deleting, I suggest using a Layer Mask to hide the sky…on the porch photo without actually deleting it permanently.…That will give you a lot more editing flexibility to change your mind.…
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Skill Level Beginner
1. Expert Edit Basics
2. Working with Layers
3. Using Selections and Masks
4. Correcting Photos
5. Using Photomerge
7. Processing in Camera Raw
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