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Photoshop Masking & Compositing, Second Edition by James Porto, Seán Duggan, Katrin Eismann

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Chapter 9. Layer Masks

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Some men have commitment problems when it comes to relationships—or so the old cliché goes. Well, we’ve met quite a few Adobe Photoshop users with deep-rooted commitment problems, and yes, we count ourselves among them. We fear the commitment of making an irrevocable image-editing decision that we’ll regret in the morning. In fact, if it wasn’t for one essential feature in Photoshop—layer masks—our work in Photoshop would be much more stressful.

Layer masks allow you to try various approaches and follow different idea paths in your images without losing the flexibility to change your mind. Layer masks are such an essential ...

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