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An Easy Way to Mask a Straight Edge in Photoshop

In this video, I’ll show you an easy way to mask a straight edge in Photoshop. With Layer Masks, you can simply paint with a black color to remove an effect from your photo, or paint with white to add it back. Sometimes, though, areas with straight edges — like rooftops — can be tricky to mask. This quick tip should help!

Layer mask tip: “Black conceals, white reveals.” Meaning, that when any area of your layer mask that is black, your effect is hidden in that location. And when any area of your layer mask is white, your effect is visible in that location.

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Using and Understanding Layer Masks
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In this tutorial, I'll show you an easy way to mask a straight edge in Photoshop!
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  • Crystal

    As many years as I’ve been shooting and editing…I can’t believe I never knew about THIS! Ha! Thank you! 🙂

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