Adobe Photoshop is a very useful tool for creating the visual design composition, as described in Chapter 4. However, it is very complex and takes some time to get used to. In this section you learn some quick techniques for speeding up the creation of the visual design.
You use a layer mask if you need to blend an image with the background or section off an area to not be affected by an effect or color change. To blend an image into the background you click on the layer that you want blended. Then you make a selection around the area where you want your image appear. In this example, we want to add a large image to the header section within the design, as shown in Figure 8-2.