Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Linking masks, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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One thing that's important about masks is their position and how to hold that…position in certain situations.…Like for instance, right now let's just say we have this red circle which has…a mask for these window frames.…What if I wanted to move that red circle?…So I'll take my Move tool and I move it, and you notice that the shape of the…mask is moving with it.…What if I wanted to just blur that circle?…So I'll go in there and I'll apply a little Gaussian Blur to it, and then I'll make…a nice and big, and you can see how I am getting a halo around this edge, because…I am blurring the Mask as well.…
That's why there is a link right here, which allows me to turn off the link…between the mask and the object in the layer.…So now I can take the layer itself and move it around and you see that the mask…is going to remain intact. And I could also take that file and blur it if I want…to, and you see that it is being blurred inside of the mask.…See? So the mask is still solid, but the object is being blurred, but the…
In this installment, The Tools, Bert demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create everything from the trees in Central Park to the billboards on Broadway, and shares his techniques for keeping his project organized with layers and groups. He also touches on the importance of channels and channel calculations, and how the evolution of the tools in Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 shaped his work.
- Making a chain brush
- Understanding the layers in lights
- Using the 3D tools in Photoshop
- Using layer styles
- Creating wood and fabric textures
- Applying a layer mask
- Linking layer masks with layer styles
- Understanding channels