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Photoshop Tutorial: Understanding Layer Masks

Layer Masks… what are they and how do you use them? I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Photographers Connection to bring to you, our awesome fans, this video series on Photoshop basics! This week I am going to teach you a little bit about Layer Masks and how they work.

If you’re not using layer masks while editing, you’re neglecting one of Photoshop’s most powerful tools!

What makes them so important? In a nut shell, they allow you to hide pixels without having to erase them, so you never truly lose any information.

Never fear, this tutorial will have you using layer masks like a boss in under five minutes. That’s faster than a freaky fast Jimmy John’s delivery person can bring you your lunch!

Got questions? I’ve got answers! Ask away in the comments…


Morgan Burks Morgan Burks (13 Posts)

Morgan is a natural light portrait photographer in Tampa, Florida. She also creates and sells editing tools and resources for photographers. When not spending time with her husband and two little ones, she can be found perusing the depths of all things Photoshop, usually with an iced coffee in hand and bluesy folk tunes playing in the background. Morgan can also be heard reciting movie lines at random moments, making ‘Friends’ references way too often and singing normal things that could simply be stated! Most of all, Morgan loves to teach and share her knowledge of Photoshop with others.