Photoshop layer masks are extremely powerful tools. Layer masks are non-destructive ways of editing, where you can show or hide effects on individual adjustment layers instead of altering the main pixel layer or deleting actual pixels from photographs, which you can never get back.
Do you know how to use layer masks to maintain total control over your photos when you edit? If not, this video tutorial will explain how layer masks work and how you can use them to selectively add in or take out creative Photoshop effects by simply brushing where needed on a layer mask. By adjusting your brush opacity and layer opacities, you can further control your application of effects. Nearly all of my Photoshop actions incorporate layer masks, and I’m sure you’ve seen me utilize them in almost every photo editing blueprint. I rely on Photoshop layer masks to edit my photos in sections. For instance, I can add rich color into only certain areas or boost the clarity over select spots in the photo by using the layer masks to choose where I place these effects.
You can learn more about layer masks in the blog post Shortcut Your Way To Faster Editing, Plus Layer Masks and Layer Masks, They’re Not As Scary As You Think!
Please watch the video and let me know in the comments if you have any further questions about layer masks!