Sean Duggan shows how to control the visibility of a layer by adding a gradient into a layer mask. Gradient masks create a gradual transition from one layer to another and are an important compositing tool for images where a precise, hard-edged mask is not required. Sean also shows how to take advantage of image characteristics, such as strong vertical lines, to create successful blends.
- [Voiceover] Layer masks are simply grey scale documents…that Photoshop uses to control the visibility of a layer.…Since they are just grey scale images under the hood,…they can be edited with any of the tools that…you might use to edit a regular image.…For some composites that don't require a hard…and precise edge, one way to create a really…interesting blend between two photos,…is to use the gradient tool on a layer mask.…Let's check it out.…So for this demo I have this interior view of the cathedral…and a photograph of a forest.…
Now both of these images have really strong vertical…elements in them.…Obviously, trees in a forest are vertical…and the cathedral also has strong vertical lines…in the form of the pillars on the columns here.…So when we combine these together with a gradient mask,…the blending of those similar, but very different,…vertical elements from the forest to the cathedral,…is going to create a really interesting…and visually strong image.…Let's go back over to the forest image and I'm going to…
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 01/11/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: smart selections. In addition, new videos were added that cover combining a precise mask with a gradient, and using blend modes to create a composite.