Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Layer masking explained, part of GIMP Essential Training (2012).
Up until now during this chapter, we've been actually taking our selections, and turning…them into their own layers in a very destructive manner.…However, now it's time to talk about how to utilize selections in a way that is very nondestructive,…and also very useful, by turning them into something called a layer mask.…But I understand that you might not understand exactly what a layer mask actually is,…so I'm going to spend a few moments talking about exactly what layer masking is, and what…it means to you and your workflow.…
As you can see here, I've got a picture of a dog, and the picture of the dog is actually…on a black background, but it's been masked out, so that you see the white background showing through.…If you look over in the Layers panel, you'll notice the picture of the dog, and also a black and white…sort of silhouette of the dog over on right-hand side of it.…That indicates that there is a layer mask applied to this layer, and anywhere that you…see black on that mask is currently hiding that portion of the layer; anywhere that you…
- What is GIMP?
- Performing nondestructive edits with layers
- Exploring blend modes
- Adjusting transparency
- Making selections
- Creating layer masks
- Adjusting color and contrast with Curves, Levels, and other auto adjustments
- Sharpening images
- Using patterns and gradients in your images
- Fixing image flaws
- Enhancing photos with filters
- Automating your workflow
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 09/04/2014. What changed?
A: We added a movie that explains why you can't achieve some of the effects shown in these tutorials in the Windows version of GIMP. This is due to the fact some plugins have been removed since this course was recorded. Watch the "IMPORTANT: Before we get started" to learn more about how these changes will impact you.
Q: I don't have access to some of the tools and can't create some of effects shown in this course. What's wrong?
A: Unfortunately, some plugins have been removed from the Windows version of GIMP since this course was recorded. Watch the "IMPORTANT: Before we get started" to learn more about how these changes will impact you.
Photoshop CS6 Essential Trainingwith Julieanne Kost10h 30m Beginner
Learning Photoshop for Design (2011)with Deke McClelland3h 36m Appropriate for all
1. Getting Started
2. Working with Layers
3. Creating Selections and Masks
4. Manipulating Images
5. Working with Paths
6. Working with Text
7. Using the Paint Tools
8. Fixing Image Flaws
9. Exploring the Filters
10. Automating Tasks
Using the batch processor5m 15s
11. Printing and Saving Images
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