Layer Masks Explained

The video below is about Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements. If you find it to be a difficult subject, you're not alone. Many folks find them to be a tough idea to grasp. But You CAN Do It. I know because I did!

This video explains what Layer Masks are and how you can use them.

Here are a few other things that will be explained...

  • How Layer Masks can bring Layers to the next level

  • What simple rhyme is at the core of understanding Layer Masks

  • What are the only 3 colors Layer Masks can be

  • How you can easily change a Layer Mask - even many days later

My goal is to help slowly guide you to understanding how this baffling but very useful feature works in Elements.

So take a few minutes and watch it now to get started on finally solving the mystery of Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements!

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Some Important Points To Remember about
Layer Masks From The Video...

  • Make sure you have your Layer Mask selected (active) before painting on your photo.

  • You can tell your Layer Mask is active by the border around it in the Layers Panel.

  • When you first add a Layer Mask it is white by default so it reveals (shows) everything on that Layer and you won't see a change to your photo.


  • You can Conceal (or hide, or mask) any areas of your Layer by painting over them with black.

  • Bring back a part of the Layer you didn't mean to mask by painting with white.

  • The Foreground Color determines what color your Brush will paint with.

  • You can switch your Foreground Color between black and white by pressing "x" on your keyboard.

Watch The Video Below To See How You
Can Use Your New Layer Mask Knowledge
To Create Some Popular Special Effects...

Deepen Your Understanding Of Layer Masks
By Exploring The Use Of Black Layer Masks
For Quick Photo Edits...

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