5 Photoshop Layer Mask Tricks – Video Tutorial


Photoshop has many features that can make photo editing both non-destructive and creative. Using Layer masks is one such feature. Masks can also be confusing to understand and they have many ways to apply and use them.

In this video tutorial Joshua Cripps goes over five layer mask tricks – I even learned a couple things I hadn’t seen before, so thanks for that! See if you can pick up some things you can use for post-processing your images:

Menu > Image > Apply image = brilliant!

Try and see for yourself. Do you have any other Photoshop layer masking tips or tricks? Please share with us in the comments below. There are a million ways to do things in Photoshop, no one can know them all so show me something else I haven’t seen!

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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

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  • Photography by James

    Brilliant, so cool, thanks so much for this.

  • Great video!
    Here is a very interesting to from Jimmy McIntyre:
    5 Blend Modes In Photoshop That Will Beautifully Enhance Your Photos

  • Another hidden gem in layer masking in PS is the “Blend If” sliders


  • Trevor Barre

    Great tips, thanks, had never head of the Apply Image before.

    Trevor Barre


  • Brigid Shaw

    I personally dislike video tutorials and prefer written instructions or guidance. Any chance of this,

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