How to User a Layer Mask to Remove Pixels in Photoshop CS5


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Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels

When you want to work with just a certain area of pixels here in a particular image, it's often better to use a mask instead of start deleting pixels. Because once those pixels are gone, you can't get them back. So, let's say we want to create a vignette effect for this particular image. We want to basically end up cropping the image in the end. But we're not quite sure we want to commit to a specific crop yet. So, I just drag my Marquee tool. I pressed M for the Marquee tool, and dragged out a rectangular marquee. I can kind of position it by clicking it in the middle here and dragging it around to a different location. And this is where I thing I want the majority of my image to be shown, and I want to create a nice soft edged falloff effect or a vignette effect.

So, to do that, you typically would either use the Feather command or use my technique. I'm going to Quick Mask mode. I'm going to press Q to go to Quick Mask. I'm going to go to Filter menu, down to...

Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels
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Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

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