What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions thread
dpnew Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: Masking Tip

Henry W wrote:

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask
icon in the layers pallet.

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.

I use those mask shortcuts a lot, but in the past I have always used "shift+alt+click-on-the-mask" to get the 'rubylith mask overlay' on my image(your second tip). Unfortunately it always takes me two or three tries to get the right keys: is it shift+ctrl, ctrl+alt, etc.? The '\' will be much easier to remember. Thanks.

Here's another mask tip: shift+click on the mask to turn off just the mask. You should see a big red X through the mask. If you are in doubt that masking part of an adjustment is improving the image, you can check by toggling back and forth.

I found the first one one this forum and stumbled onto the second
by a fortuitous mistake.

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask
icon in the layers pallet. Alt-Click to return. In this mode you
can treat the mask as a stand alone image and manipulate it as you
wish. For example you can reverse it or copy it to another layer
or.......

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.
Press it again to return.

This is one of the most useful threads in quite a while. Thanks to
all who contributed,

Henry

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