Moving layers and layer masks


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Moving layers and layer masks

By default in Photoshop, a layer and its layer mask are linked together and what that means is if I move the layer, so I have the layer selected here and I get my Move tool, press V for Move, and if I move the image around inside my document, its layer mask moves with it and nine out of ten times that's actually what you want. If you Shift-click here on the layer mask you can see that this flower has been clipped out of its background and the layer mask is what's doing that clipping. If you unclick the Link icon between the layer and its layer mask, you can now move each one individually or independently. So now this gets little weird because you are offsetting the mask from the image, and so you end up with kind of weird result.

But you can do that. Let's give you a more real world example. Let's say that I want to use this mask over the flower shape to clip the actual background layer here. So to do that, let's convert this background layer. We'll Option+Doub...

Moving layers and layer masks
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Moving layers and layer masks provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts

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Design Photography
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Photoshop
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