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  OSX Basics
  Connecting to the Staff Server
  Basic Computer Terms
  Anatomy of a Filename
  Gettting Started
  A1: The Cube & Sphere
  A2: Layers Are Your Friend
  A3: Birds Cartoon
  A4: Big Fish
  A5: Light Burst
  A6: Expanded Square
  A7: Layer Masks 1
  A8: Working With Text
  A9 Pt.1: Letterforms, Hue Value Shape Space & Texture
  A9: Pt.2: Advanced PS Tips
  P1 pt. 1: Scanning Your Line Drawing
  P1 Pt. 2: Preparing Your Line Drawing
  P1 Grading Criteria
  P2: Hue and Value
  P3: Postage Stamp Series
  Saving Files For the Web
  Creating Your Web Portfolio
  Web Portfolio Final Checklist
Layer Mask Exercise

Digital Imaging
Teacher: Ken Kimura
email: ken_kimura at lsrhs dot net
telephone: (978)443-9961 XT2221

Learning Objectives
  • Using layer masks as a non destructive way of creating transparent portions of layers
  • Using layes and masks to create a composite image
Skill Objectives
  • Apple clicking a layer to select everything in a layer
  • The effect of creating a layer mask when there is an active selection
  • Editing a layer mask by painint with whites, grays and black
  • Inverting what is selected.
What To Do
  1. In my public folder, look for a folder named: “A7.” Drag a copy of this folder onto your desktop.
  2. Before you open the PSD file, change the file name of A7_lastnamefirstinitial.psd to reflect your last name and first initial. You may review the other files but the A7 file is the one you will work on.
  3. Using a layer mask and a gradient, blend the green fields layer with the desert layer. Make sure that you cannot see the edge or either photo.
  4. For the “eyes” layer, use a layer mask to remove everything but the eyebrows and the eyes. Change the blending mode of that layer to Multiply.
  5. Using a layer mask, the magic wand and the “option-delete” command, mask out the glass windows of the window layer.
  6. Using a layer mask, the “apple-click selection” technique and the “option delete” command, make the people appear to be looking through the window, WITHOUT CHANGING THE LAYER ORDER.
  7. Adjust the hue saturation of the watercolor layer. Shift it’s hue to +41.
  8. Create large text that is filled with the watercolor layer.
    • create a text layer
    • resize the watercolor layer to fill the text
    • command-click a selection around the text
    • turn off the visibility of the text layer
    • with the selection still active, make a layer mask on the watercolor layer.
  9. Put a drop shadow on the text.
CLICK HERE for Grading Criteria
Edited 12-5-05